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gzipped files are awesome! they are the best compressed files I know, .rar and .zip are nowhere near , if you compare the compression ratios...

Generally I use Windows, does anyone know how can I gzip in Windows?? I have severe limits at the attachment sizes here, so anything that compresses more, is better.

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By the way, gzip generally have lower compression rations than rar and 7z (albeit it de/compresses much faster), and it can only compress single files - generally tarballs when archiving (such as myfolder.tar.gz and it's generally suited for servers where you don't want to spend even a tiny bit of extra CPU if not necessary. For archiving I recommend 7z, it has a very good LZMA algorithm. And it's free/open source. – Camilo Martin Sep 26 '12 at 12:16
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7zip will handle gzip format. It also offers lzma compression which is much better than gzip.

If you want a command-line gzipper just like gzip in linux, try this

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+1, but 7zip has a command line interface too. I use it for automated backups. – paxdiablo Sep 14 '09 at 17:06
originally used WinRar, but switched to 7zip when I noticed it had shell integration as well. I also use a combinations of bash, nice, ls, xargs, and 7zip to uncompress bzip2 files and recompress them into 7z files on a linux web server (for Team Fortress 2 maps). – Powerlord Sep 14 '09 at 17:56
thanks. 7zip is totally awesome!! – Lazer Sep 14 '09 at 19:39

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