I have a idea (but it isn't good in KISS project) to integrate (so, create) archiver inside a Thunar. Something like Windows XP have (zip archiver).
The big problem is to choose a good archiver for Xfce4 - File roller? Xarchiver looks like dead, Squeeze too ...
But Thunar is always alive!
What do you think?
for now a well packaged file-roller doepend at maxmum on desktop-file-utils gtk3 hicolor-icon-theme dconf libarchive file json-glib libnotify p7zip plus the usual zip, unzip and so, but as you say select an archive tipe can by difficult.
If some can revie one of those 2 (Xarchier, or update Squeeze newui branch) maybe can help more that deppend on file-roller that can be problematic in future
XFCE :: Arch Linux
:: AMD E-300 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics @ 1300 MHz
:: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Wrestler [Radeon HD 6310]
:: LED with aspect ration of 16:9 in 14.0'' (1366x768) [Radeon driver]
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