Compressed text files

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Article from Issue 92/2008
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Gzip and bzip2 not only compress files, they also provide lean and powerful tools for viewing, searching, and comparing text files.

Compressed files save space not only in data transfers, but also on your local hard disk. The most frequently used compression tools are gzip and bzip2. The packages include numerous tools for ongoing use of packed data. Whether you just need a quick glance or want to read a file thoroughly, search a file for patterns, or compare files, Linux has the right tools out of the box.

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