`gzip` (or GNU zip) is a file format and corresponding utility for compressing files using the DEFLATE algorithm. The usual extension is `.gz`.

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How to specify level of compression when using tar -zcvf?

I gzip directories very often at work. What I normally do is tar -zcvf file.tar.gz /path/to/directory Is there a way to specify the compression level here? I want to use the best compression ...
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Pros and cons of bzip vs gzip?

I've known gzip for years, recently I saw bzip being used at work. Are they basically equivalent, or are there significant pros and cons to one of them over the other?
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How to gzip multiple files into one gz file?

I have 100 files: cvd1.txt cvd2.txt ... cvd100.txt How to gzip 100 files into one .gz file so that after I gunzip it, I should have cvd1.txt, cvd2.txt ... cvd100.txt separately? Thanks for your ...
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tar Cannot open: No such file or directory

Fresh install of CentOS 5.4 Downloaded the following: http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/webadmin/webmin-1.510.tar.gz MD5 sum is correct (cdcc09d71d85d81914a90413eaf21d3f). The file is located ...
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How can I evaluate the best choice of archive format for compressing files?

In general, I've observed the following: Linux-y files or tools use bzip2 or gzip for distributing archives Windows-y files or tools use ZIP for distributing archives Many people use 7-Zip for ...
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Moving files in a local network - would compressing improve speed?

I am moving some 20Gb within my local network (100 Mbit/sec). The files are from a typical Linux desktop system. Would compressing them using Tar\Gzip and then sending them improve performance? EDIT:...
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How to password protect gzip files on the command line?

I want to create some tar.gz (and possibly tar.bz2) files, using the tar command on Ubuntu 10.04. I want to password protect the file. What is the command to do this (I have Googled, but found ...
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gzip without tar? Why are they used together?

Why are tar and gzip almost always used together, and not just gzip? Is there any advantage to that method?
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Tar and gzip together, but the other way round?

Gzipping a tar file as whole is drop dead easy and even implemented as option inside tar. So far, so good. However, from an archiver's point of view, it would be better to tar the gzipped single files....
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Why is gzip slow despite CPU and hard drive performance not being maxed out?

I have some JSON files, 20 GB each, that I want to compress with gzip: gzip file1.json This takes up one full CPU core, all fine. It processes around 25 MB/s (checked in atop), my hard drive can ...
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Is there a way to mount a file.tar.bz2 without extracting it onto the filesystem?

Is there a way to mount a file.tar.bz2 without extracting it onto the filesystem? I don't care if the mount is read only. Hopefully your answer will also apply to file.tar.gz. "mount" in this ...
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view zip file content in tree command style

I am seeing the zip file content using unzip -l files.zip | less but it outputs in ls style , is it possible to to display output in tree command style
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Chromium: prevent unpacking tar.gz

The latest Chrome and Chromium seems to unpack .tar.gz files automatically for me on OS X and Linux. When using wget with the same URL, it shows: $ wget http://mydomain/dir/file.tar.gz ... HTTP ...
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Split a large .gz file and gzip each of split file?

I have a large text.gz file (2GB) and I want to split it by line. I tried to use: zcat text.gz | split -l1000000 However this generated a huge file (around 92GB before I terminated it) and put too ...
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Linux Command line: recursively overwriting every file with a gzipped version?

______________ myFolder What can I replace with _____ to recursively gzip every file starting at myFolder and have the gzip be overwrite the file (rename the gzip file to the original filename)?