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How to create a zip-type backup of a large site on the server for quick synchronisation

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My client has a sprawling joomla site consisting of thousands of files and I would like to download it to for setting up on my development machine. FTP-ing the site  could take days!

The web hosting company has a function to creat a tar of the site folder but whenever I try to download and extract it it errors saying that the tar is corrupted.

I would like to know if there's a php script that can make a zip-type archive of the entire directory that can then be downloaded and unzipped on my local machine. I wrote a coldfusion script that can do this but this particular host doesn't support CF and I don't know how to do it in PHP.

I found a script called PHP Navigator that is suppoesed to do something like this but it doesn't......any ideas?

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