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I need to give a friend who has a Mac a bunch of files. Compression doesn't matter, only ease of use. What archive format do you recommend such that no 3rd party tools are needed for extraction? Zip?

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Gzipped Tarball. Should work anywhere.


tar czvf my-files.tar.gz directory-of-files

(or right-click and "Compress", "Archive" on many distros)


tar xcvf my-files.tar.gz .

(or double-click on a Mac)

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Thanks, tgz is perfect for me! – Philip Jan 27 '11 at 22:12
That's great. Please consider marking your question as answered so it doesn't stay open! – slhck Jan 27 '11 at 22:25

Archive Utility, which is part of Mac OS X, supports tons of formats for extraction, among these: zip, gzip and bzip2.

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Thanks, this is good to know. – Philip Jan 27 '11 at 22:15

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