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xzip




SYNOPSIS

       xzip [ -h ] [ -v | -s ] file  ...


DESCRIPTION

       xzip is a shell script which  compresses  files  with  the
       best  suitable  compression algorithm available. To obtain
       the best result, xzip compresses the data with 3 different
       algorithms  (gzip -1, gzip -9, bzip2) and then selects the
       one with the smallest output.
       This can of course be very time consuming for large  input
       files,  but  on the other hand be useful when optimal com­
       pression is essential (e.g. for files on boot floppies).
       In many cases xzip can be used as a smart replacement  for
       gzip .

       You  can  either specify files as arguments on the command
       line or feed it into xzip with a pipe.
       xzip treats each file individually, and might thus  select
       different compression types for each file.


EXAMPLES

       xzip  myfile1  myfile2
            Compresses the files myfile1 and myfile2.

       cat ...  |  xzip  >  myfile
            Compresses  the  stream  from  the  pipe  (stdin) and
            writes to (stdout), in this case 'myfile'.


OPTIONS

       -h, --help
              Display a brief list of all options

       -V, --version
              Display version and author information.

       -s, --silent
              No diagnostic output.


BUGS

       Not tested in extreme cases, such  as  operation  on  full
       filesystems.   Piping  mode  is not recommended for really
       large amounts of data (e.g. > 1 GB).


SEE ALSO

       xunzip(1), gzip(1), bzip2(1), compress(1)


HISTORY

       1999 - written by Christian Steinruecken <cstein@suse.de>

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