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
:: Intel(R) Atom(R) N270 @ 4W at 1.60GHz
:: ntel Corporation Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
:: LED WSVGA of 10.1" (1,024 x 600)
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