LINUX CLASSES - COMPRESSION, ENCODING AND ENCRYPTION
How do I Compress and Decompress My Files?
The compress, uncompress, and zcat Commands
The compress and uncompress programs work just like gzip and gunzip, but they use an older and less efficient
compression technique. If you're using Linux, you shouldn't have to bother with compress and uncompress at all. Even
if you come across a file created with compress (something with a .Z suffix), you can decompress it with gunzip, because
gunzip understands both formats.
Still, just for completeness, here's how to use the compress and uncompress programs:
compress some.file Create compressed some.file.Z.
uncompress some.file Create decompressed some.file.
The zcat program is another Linux antique. It does the same thing as uncompress with the -c flag (decompresses and writes
output to the pipeline), so the following two commands would be equivalent:
uncompress -c something.tar.X | tar xvf -
zcat something.tar.X | tar xvf -
You should have to use these commands only if you're running some version of Unix besides Linux. (Even then, many Unix systems
will have the GNU versions of gzip, gunzip, and tar available.)
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(09 Dec 2011, 09:06
about gzip it's mentioned in the earlier page
(24 Nov 2010, 15:57
Its gud. But there is no example at all for related to gzip command of the
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