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I'm trying to process resource files produced by a third-party application. These resource files are actually ZIP files containing, among other things:

  1. an SQLite database;
  2. a bunch of binary blobs (stored as file entries in the ZIP archive, rather than as BLOBs in the SQLite DB); and
  3. a JSON file mapping resource identifiers used in the DB to the binaries' filenames.

I'd like to access all this data. I'd also like to do this in the easiest, DWIMiest, most natural manner possible.

The most straightforward way is of course to extract the ZIP file, and then use DBI, JSON::XS and whatever modules are appropriate to handle the binaries (images, sounds, videos etc). But I'd like to avoid this, if possible; I want to be able to point my script at the ZIP file without having to worry about disk space, clean-up, and all that.

There's a variety of modules on CPAN for transparently handling ZIP archives (in fact, IO::Uncompress::Unzip is in core). What I have not found is a way of accessing a database without extracting it to disk first. More precisely, what I'd like to do is either:

I only need to read the DB, BTW, not modify it, so any complications to do with putting modifications back into the ZIP can safely be ignored.

So, my question is: is this possible, using only existing CPAN modules? A cursory search didn't reveal anything useful.


In reply to Accessing SQLite databases within ZIP files by AppleFritter

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