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Normally after downloading and decoding compressed or encoded files (such as StuffIt archives, Zip archives, or BinHex files), Fetch deletes the original archive files.

You can prevent this from happening, and keep the original archive files, for all or certain kinds of encoded and archived files.

To tell Fetch to stop expanding or decoding all files, and thus keep all archives, or re-enable automatic decoding of all files if you previously turned it off:

  1. Choose Fetch > Preferences .
  2. Click the Download tab.
  3. Check or uncheck the Allow automatic decoding of downloaded files checkbox.

Note that disabling decoding of all files will disable Fetch's automatic decoding of BinHex, MacBinary, and AppleSingle files in addition to diabling Zip and StuffIt archive expanding.

To tell Fetch to stop automatically decoding a certain kind of file, and keep the original archive files, or re-enable automatic decoding for that kind of file if you previously turned it off:

  1. Connect to your server, and find a file whose name ends with an extension for the kind of file for which you want to keep the original archives. For example, for StuffIt files, find a file that ends in ".sit", or for Zip files, find a file that ends in ".zip".
  2. Select the file.
  3. Choose Remote > Get Info .
  4. Click the disclosure triangle next to the Transfer Options label at the bottom of the info window to display the Transfer Options pane, if it's not already displayed.
  5. In the "After transferring a file like this" section, click the Save and open the file button.
  6. Uncheck the Automatically decode files like this checkbox.
  7. Choose StuffIt Expander from the Open files like this with menu if it's not already chosen.

Now when you download a compressed archive file, instead of Fetch expanding the file itself, it passes the file off to StuffIt Expander for expansion. Normally StuffIt Expander does not delete the file after expanding it.

If StuffIt Expander does not appear as an option in the Open files like this with menu, you may not have StuffIt Expander installed on your Macintosh, or you may need to upgrade your copy of StuffIt Expander. You can download the latest free version of StuffIt Expander and install it to solve this problem.

To have Fetch handle the decoding of the archived files after downloading again (and have them deleted automatically), follow the steps above, except select the Save the file button in the "After transferring a file like this" section and recheck the Automatically decode files like this checkbox.

Note that the Automatically decode files like this checkbox in the info window will be disabled if the Allow automatic decoding of downloaded files checkbox in the Download Preferences pane is unchecked.

For more information about the other transfer options, see the Transfer Options help topic.

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