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SAMS Teach Yourself Unix in 10 Minutes by Robert Shimonski

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Summary

In this lesson we covered how to archive and compress files and other data on your Unix system. This wraps up the file management portion of this book. In our next lesson, we will start to learn more about your shell, and in particular, the processes running on your Unix system. Here's a look at what was learned in this lesson:

  • The three common compression utilities on Unix systems are the omnipresent compress, the newer and smarter gzip, and the cross-platform zip programs. A relatively new addition to the Unix compression scene is bzip2, which appears to produce better compression than compress or gzip.

  • When you need to provide a collection of files to other users, or simply archive a set of files for future use, you can use tar to create ...

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