I'm trying to zip or rar >100000 files into a single file so that I can upload it to my server much faster than ftp downloaded it. Total they're all only 4gb, but because of the number of files Nautilus freezes just opening the folder they're in. They're all .jpgs and all in the same folder and I've tried a few commands but I keep getting error messages.

Anyone have a command that will archive all the files from a folder into a single zip (or rar, tar etc)? I can't just archive the folder because then I would have to move all the files out of that folder and just opening the folder to move them would crash it, and I don't have ssh into that server.

Thanks