catanf - Linux


catanf is a command-line tool that allows users to manage and manipulate ZIP and CATAN archives. It provides a comprehensive set of features for creating, extracting, and viewing the contents of archives.


catanf <command> [options] <arguments>

where <command> can be:

  • create: Create a new archive
  • extract: Extract files from an archive
  • list: List the contents of an archive
  • test: Test the integrity of an archive


  • -f, –file: Path to the archive file
  • -v, –verbose: Enable verbose output
  • -q, –quiet: Disable all output
  • -z, –compression: Compression level (0-9, default: 6)
  • -r, –recursive: Recursively archive/extract directories


Creating an archive:

catanf create file1.txt file2.txt

Extracting files from an archive:

catanf extract

Listing the contents of an archive:

catanf list

Testing the integrity of an archive:

catanf test

Common Issues

Error: File not found

  • Ensure that the specified archive file path is correct.
  • Check file permissions and make sure you have read/write access.

Error: Invalid archive format

  • Verify that the archive file has a valid ZIP or CATAN format.


Chaining commands:

Combine catanf with other commands to automate tasks. For example:

find . -name "*.txt" | catanf create

Using scripts:

Create scripts that utilize catanf to perform complex operations. Example:


# Backup important directories
catanf create /home/user/Documents /home/user/Pictures

Related Commands

  • zip: Standard ZIP archive utility
  • unzip: Extract files from ZIP archives
  • tar: Tape archive utility