[CentOS] Bzip2 Compress directories

Frank Cox theatre at sasktel.net
Wed Apr 22 23:39:48 UTC 2009

On Wed, 22 Apr 2009 19:29:52 -0400
Robert Heller wrote:

> Note that is also possible to use dump or cpio as well.  Unlike the
> MS-Windows zip/unzip, which combines compressing and archiving in a
> single program, the 'UNIX' way is to separate these functions.  bzip2
> only compresses.  Other programs (tar, dump, cpio) create archives -- 
> bundle a group of files and/or directory trees into a single file.

Depending on your needs, you can obtain better compression with programs other
than bzip2.  The price paid for the additional compression can be processing
time, ram requirements, robustness, compatibility and several or none of the

rzip, lzip and 7za come to mind as alternatives that you may want to look

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