SSH to unpack rar or zip

hello all,

Is it possible to use ssh to upload a zip or rar file, then unpack it on the server?
The reason I am asking is because if I try to ftp a directory of phpBB (for example), it takes ages to upload all the tiny files & many directories.
I would prefer to upload a single .rar file & unpack it (in theory should be very quick)

Any ideas?

rootey

Sure.

Or, in the case of phpBB, just download the .tar.gz or tar.bz2 file in the first place.

thanks will,
i guess i just cd to the correct directory & execute the rar or tar command on the file?
rootey