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tar vs. gzip vs. Archive?
Authored by: axelfoo on Aug 05, '05 04:20:06PM

When or why would you use gzip or tar instead of Archive? Do those tools achieve higher compression?
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tar vs. gzip vs. Archive?
Authored by: Krazy on Aug 05, '05 10:31:37PM

Generally, I find I it best to use tar and gzip together. Tar to collect a whole group of files & directories into one archive, and gzip to compress the archive. Alternatively, you can use bzip2 to compress the tar'ed archive to make it even smaller.

Why prefer this over Apple's 'Archive' [which is a variant of zip], then?
Well most *nix boxes will have both tar and gzip available, but not zip.



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