[erlang-bugs] [PATCH] Zip archives disk numbering

Paul Guyot <>
Mon Jun 18 15:26:55 CEST 2012


There is a bug in zip.erl: archives are wrongly created with the central directory's disk_num_start set to 1. The specification is not extremely clear about the base number of this value, however zip.erl uses 0 everywhere else for the disk number. Besides, this bug causes some incompatibility with other software that insists in reading 0 as disk_num_start or otherwise consider that the archive is multidisk. This is the case with Microsoft Office applications. For example, the following code tests for 0:

You will find a patch against 'maint' here:
git fetch git://github.com/pguyot/otp.git fix-multidisk-zip

This patch simply fixes the single buggy line. It does not include a test. Indeed, I am confused about the best way to test this fix. zip_SUITE tests in maint branch are mostly about extracting files from zip archives, and there is no comparison or binary matching of the output of zip:create/{2,3} function. If a test is required for inclusion, please let me know the best approach for designing such a test, and I will gladly provide an amended patch.


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