ASP and Plesk - ActiveX unzip component

Posted on 2013-11-11
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
Hi All:

I'm trying to move my ASP-scripted website to a new host (GoDaddy) and their support has been less than stellar.  I need to know how to access an ActiveX component that would allow a .zip to be unzipped on the server.

On my old host, the object is accessed as such:
    Set objZip = Server.CreateObject("XStandard.Zip")

No one seems to know what the name of this component, if any, would be on Plesk.  The also offer Window Shared Hosting, but they couldn't answer for that one either.  I get a vague response suggesting that they don't cover coding and to use whatever the "default" object is on ASP in general.

I'm frankly about to try a different web host, so I suppose anyone's recommendation for good webhosting would be a good addendum to this question.
Question by:RustyRazor
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 500 total points
ID: 39640016
That dll is not one of their components installed.  See

You would either need to be on a vps or dedicated server to install custom dll's.  Your answer is it can't be done without installing the dll and there are not going to be any shared hosting providers that will install a dll for one person.  

The easy workaround would be to create a stand alone php page that simply has a function that can unzip a file then save to the server.   You can create a function very similar to asp where you can submit via post the file information and perhaps some type of secret pass key.

Author Comment

ID: 39646663
I like your workaround and it seems reasonable.

I've been trying a standard script:

$zip = new ZipArchive;
if ($zip->open('') === TRUE) {
    echo 'ok';
} else {
    echo 'failed';

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It seems to be crashing on the extractTo line.  

I also seem to be having trouble with pathing.  for exmaple, if I specifiy /my/unarchive/dir/ as the open file, the file is not found, so I had to copy the .zip file to the root directory to skip that error.  

Any thoughts?  Would there be any server-side settings I need to be aware of?  Of course the subdiectory in question has read/write permissions.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
ID: 39646794
I really am not very versed in PHP.  If you look down a little in that link you will see a note about  using windows where you have to account for the back slash. See if this works.

Make attention when using this function with apache & windows system. Windows file system use \  (backslash) instead of unix / (slash) 
Use str_replace like this. 
$zip = new ZipArchive; 
    if ($zip->open("")){ 
        $path = getcwd() . "/dirToextract/"; 
        $path = str_replace("\\","/",$path); 
        echo $path; 
        echo $zip->extractTo($path); 
        echo 'Done.'; 
    } else { 
        echo "Error"; 

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Author Comment

ID: 39648029

I accept the PHP script idea as the solution and I'll close this question out, but the code segment is generating a syntax error on the extractTo statement.  I'll open a new question.  Thanks.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
ID: 39648062
Sounds good. Just make sure you start with the topic for PHP.

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