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Compressing files in windows

I want to compress a file using the command line. This command-line

C: compact /c aa.xml

returns a successful message but I can't see any ZIP file in the C folder. Where is the problem?

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I'll give you a hint: compact doesn't compress things. It tells NTFS to do so. –  Marcelo Cantos May 14 '10 at 10:10
If you want to compress from shell, install command-line archiver and put it in path. –  SigTerm May 14 '10 at 10:14

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The COMPACT command isn't for compressing file like zip compression.

If you want create zip file via the command line, try the 7-Zip application. Here are examples for using it from the command-line: http://dotnetperls.com/7-zip-examples

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