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SAMS Teach Yourself Unix in 10 Minutes by Robert Shimonski

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Compressing Files in Unix

The sole reason for compressing files is to save space. You want to save space, so you make room. This is analogous to closet space in your home. Often, you can buy something that will allow you to organize and condense your space so that you have more room to put more things in. This theoretically is the same concept behind compression. You take something, squeeze it down, and organize it so that you can store more.

You can also compress files to send them to others. This is common with digital photography and today's email clients. Many people have email and digital cameras, and they want to send photos through email. Often an email of this size will be denied because the person you are sending it to may not have enough ...

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