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In finder, I can cntrl + click on a file and click "compress"... Sometimes. It seems that randomly the option just won't show up and I have to open a new finder window, or duplicate the folder first, or something ridiculous like that.

Is this a bug, or is compress only supposed to show up under certain circumstances?

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  • Also check that the disk has space enough to store the zip file
    – Freeman
    Commented May 8, 2022 at 13:12

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This might help:

Apple discussions

It says that you can't compress certain folders like smart folders that are created in the 'All My Files' and 'Recents' box.

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Open the Terminal. Use one of the following commands:

zip -r name_of_the_archive.zip path_to_the_folder
tar -zcvf name_of_the_archive.tar.gz path_to_the_folder

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