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Re: compression tools

On Wed, 2005-06-22 at 12:54, sharif islam wrote:
> Is there any compression mechanism that's rated for tar files as big
> as, say, 100GB?

I don't believe anyone rates compression programs based the size of the
file to be compressed.

The problem you need to resolve is having enough space for the
compressed file plus the original data.  The actual compression will be
a factor of the type of data being compressed and the actual algorithm
used.  Some data can be compressed more than other types of data.

There are a number of tools you can use to compress datafiles including
gzip or compress (in the ncompress package).  I think they use similar
compression algorithms.

Scot L. Harris
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As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not
certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
		-- Albert Einstein 

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