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I have a ZIP file (created by Info-ZIP on Linux) and I want to make it as small as possible. I have lots of CPU time to burn on the recompression. I already know advzip, and it managed to reduce the size of my ZIP file by 5%. Is there another tool I should try? I would prefer free tools.

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7zip also can repack zips in more effective way –  osgx Jun 22 '11 at 12:35
it seems from the linked page that advzip uses 7zip's implementation of deflate. –  Dan D. Jun 22 '11 at 12:39
How do I use 7-zip to do that? 7zr a -mx=9 -tzip ../m7.zip * says Unsupported archive type. Using GUI tools is not acceptable in my situation. –  pts Jun 22 '11 at 12:45
You want better compression? Don't use zip. Use a different compression method. –  afrazier Jun 30 '11 at 15:27
Then the answers you have are about as good as you'll get. 7-zip has some advanced tunable options, but I think kzip is your best net overall. –  afrazier Jul 13 '11 at 23:18

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7zr is a light version, which should only deal with 7z format. (according to man pages, like this , I'm not with 7zr now to test it)

Try using the 7z instead of 7zr and see if it works.

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I use this batch script on the folder I want to archive:

kzip !archive.zip /r ****.****
deflopt /a/b/d/r !archive.zip
advzip -z -4 !archive.zip
defluff <!archive.zip >!archive2.zip
deflopt /a/b/d/r !archive.zip
deflopt /a/b/d/r !archive2.zip

Now choose which file is smaller - !archive.zip or !archive2.zip. In some rare situations the mixing of resulted arhives might give a smaller file (few bytes).

Also the final compressed optimised kzip archive might be mixed (use zipmix) with a 7zip archive (after deflopt+advzip+deflopt). Settings for 7zip I use:

  • fileformat: ZIP
  • compression level: Ultra
  • compression method: deflate
  • dictionary size: 64 kb
  • word size: 258


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There is also KZIP, the Linux version is available from here.

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