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Python scripts to zip and unzip data

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Last modified November 9, 2007
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The topic Considerations for authoring and publishing models discusses the use of File data types for input and output parameters in tools published to ArcGIS Server. A technique you can use for folder-based workspaces (file geodatabase, coverages, and shapefiles) is to use the Zip compression utility to make a .zip file out of a workspace, then use the result .zip file as input to the model. Within the model, you can use the unzip script (see below) to unzip the file into a workspace, and proceed from there. The same is true for outputs—you can create a .zip file of a workspace and use that for output.
Below are links to two Python scripts, and

Label Data Type Type Direction
Input ZIP file File Required Input
Output Location Workspace Required Input
Output Name String Required Input
Output Path Workspace Derived Output

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