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       gzip, gunzip, zcat - compress or expand files


       gzip [ -acdfhlLnNrtvV19 ] [-S suffix] [ name ...  ]
       gunzip [ -acfhlLnNrtvV ] [-S suffix] [ name ...  ]
       zcat [ -fhLV ] [ name ...  ]


       Gzip  reduces  the  size  of  the  named  files  using Lempel-Ziv coding (LZ77).  Whenever
       possible, each file is replaced by one with the extension  .gz,  while  keeping  the  same
       ownership  modes, access and modification times.  (The default extension is -gz for VMS, z
       for MSDOS, OS/2 FAT, Windows NT FAT and Atari.)  If no files are specified, or if  a  file
       name  is  "-",  the  standard  input is compressed to the standard output.  Gzip will only
       attempt to compress regular files.  In particular, it will ignore symbolic links.

       If the compressed file name is too long for its file  system,  gzip  truncates  it.   Gzip
       attempts to truncate only the parts of the file name longer than 3 characters.  (A part is
       delimited by dots.) If the name consists of  small  parts  only,  the  longest  parts  are
       truncated.  For  example,  if  file  names are limited to 14 characters, gzip.msdos.exe is
       compressed to  Names are not truncated on systems  which  do  not  have  a
       limit on file name length.

       By  default, gzip keeps the original file name and timestamp in the compressed file. These
       are used when decompressing the  file  with  the  -N  option.  This  is  useful  when  the
       compressed  file  name was truncated or when the time stamp was not preserved after a file

       Compressed files can be restored to their original form using gzip -d or gunzip  or  zcat.
       If  the  original name saved in the compressed file is not suitable for its file system, a
       new name is constructed from the original one to make it legal.

       gunzip takes a list of files on its command line and replaces each file  whose  name  ends
       with  .gz,  -gz,  .z,  -z,  or  _z (ignoring case) and which begins with the correct magic
       number with an uncompressed file without the original extension.  gunzip  also  recognizes
       the  special  extensions  .tgz and .taz as shorthands for .tar.gz and .tar.Z respectively.
       When compressing, gzip uses the .tgz extension if necessary instead of truncating  a  file
       with a .tar extension.

       gunzip can currently decompress files created by gzip, zip, compress, compress -H or pack.
       The detection of the input format is automatic.  When using the first two formats,  gunzip
       checks  a  32  bit  CRC.  For  pack,  gunzip  checks the uncompressed length. The standard
       compress format was not designed to allow consistency checks. However gunzip is  sometimes
       able  to  detect  a  bad .Z file. If you get an error when uncompressing a .Z file, do not
       assume that the .Z file is  correct  simply  because  the  standard  uncompress  does  not
       complain.  This generally means that the standard uncompress does not check its input, and
       happily generates garbage output.  The SCO compress -H  format  (lzh  compression  method)
       does not include a CRC but also allows some consistency checks.

       Files  created  by  zip  can  be  uncompressed  by  gzip only if they have a single member
       compressed with the 'deflation' method. This feature is only intended to  help  conversion
       of files to the tar.gz format.  To extract a zip file with a single member, use a
       command like gunzip < or gunzip -S .zip  To extract zip files with several
       members, use unzip instead of gunzip.

       zcat  is  identical  to  gunzip  -c.   (On some systems, zcat may be installed as gzcat to
       preserve the original link to compress.)  zcat uncompresses either a list of files on  the
       command  line  or  its standard input and writes the uncompressed data on standard output.
       zcat will uncompress files that have the correct magic number  whether  they  have  a  .gz
       suffix or not.

       Gzip  uses  the  Lempel-Ziv  algorithm  used  in zip and PKZIP.  The amount of compression
       obtained depends on the size of the input  and  the  distribution  of  common  substrings.
       Typically,  text  such  as  source  code  or English is reduced by 60-70%.  Compression is
       generally much better than that achieved by LZW (as used in compress), Huffman coding  (as
       used in pack), or adaptive Huffman coding (compact).

       Compression  is  always performed, even if the compressed file is slightly larger than the
       original. The worst case expansion is a few bytes for the gzip file header, plus  5  bytes
       every  32K  block,  or  an expansion ratio of 0.015% for large files. Note that the actual
       number of used disk blocks almost never increases.  gzip preserves the mode, ownership and
       timestamps of files when compressing or decompressing.

       The  gzip  file  format is specified in P. Deutsch, GZIP file format specification version
       4.3, <>, Internet RFC  1952  (May  1996).   The  zip
       deflation  format is specified in P. Deutsch, DEFLATE Compressed Data Format Specification
       version 1.3, <>, Internet RFC 1951 (May 1996).


       -a --ascii
              Ascii text mode: convert end-of-lines  using  local  conventions.  This  option  is
              supported  only  on some non-Unix systems. For MSDOS, CR LF is converted to LF when
              compressing, and LF is converted to CR LF when decompressing.

       -c --stdout --to-stdout
              Write output on standard output; keep  original  files  unchanged.   If  there  are
              several  input files, the output consists of a sequence of independently compressed
              members.  To  obtain  better  compression,  concatenate  all  input  files   before
              compressing them.

       -d --decompress --uncompress

       -f --force
              Force  compression  or  decompression  even  if  the file has multiple links or the
              corresponding file already exists, or if  the  compressed  data  is  read  from  or
              written to a terminal. If the input data is not in a format recognized by gzip, and
              if the option --stdout is also given, copy the input data  without  change  to  the
              standard  output: let zcat behave as cat.  If -f is not given, and when not running
              in the background, gzip prompts to  verify  whether  an  existing  file  should  be

       -h --help
              Display a help screen and quit.

       -l --list
              For each compressed file, list the following fields:

                  compressed size: size of the compressed file
                  uncompressed size: size of the uncompressed file
                  ratio: compression ratio (0.0% if unknown)
                  uncompressed_name: name of the uncompressed file

              The  uncompressed  size  is  given  as  -1  for  files  not in gzip format, such as
              compressed .Z files. To get the uncompressed size for such a file, you can use:

                  zcat file.Z | wc -c

              In combination with the --verbose option, the following fields are also displayed:

                  method: compression method
                  crc: the 32-bit CRC of the uncompressed data
                  date & time: time stamp for the uncompressed file

              The compression  methods  currently  supported  are  deflate,  compress,  lzh  (SCO
              compress -H) and pack.  The crc is given as ffffffff for a file not in gzip format.

              With  --name,  the  uncompressed  name,  date and time  are those stored within the
              compress file if present.

              With --verbose, the size totals  and  compression  ratio  for  all  files  is  also
              displayed,  unless some sizes are unknown. With --quiet, the title and totals lines
              are not displayed.

       -L --license
              Display the gzip license and quit.

       -n --no-name
              When compressing, do not save the original file name and  time  stamp  by  default.
              (The  original  name  is  always  saved  if  the  name  had  to be truncated.) When
              decompressing, do not restore the original file name if present  (remove  only  the
              gzip  suffix  from  the  compressed file name) and do not restore the original time
              stamp if present (copy it from the compressed file). This  option  is  the  default
              when decompressing.

       -N --name
              When  compressing,  always  save the original file name and time stamp; this is the
              default. When decompressing, restore the original  file  name  and  time  stamp  if
              present. This option is useful on systems which have a limit on file name length or
              when the time stamp has been lost after a file transfer.

       -q --quiet
              Suppress all warnings.

       -r --recursive
              Travel the directory structure recursively. If any of the file names  specified  on
              the command line are directories, gzip will descend into the directory and compress
              all the files it finds there (or decompress them in the case of gunzip ).

       -S .suf --suffix .suf
              Use suffix .suf instead of .gz. Any suffix can be given, but suffixes other than .z
              and  .gz  should  be avoided to avoid confusion when files are transferred to other
              systems.  A null suffix forces gunzip to  try  decompression  on  all  given  files
              regardless of suffix, as in:

                  gunzip -S "" *       (*.* for MSDOS)

              Previous  versions of gzip used the .z suffix. This was changed to avoid a conflict
              with pack(1).

       -t --test
              Test. Check the compressed file integrity.

       -v --verbose
              Verbose. Display the name and percentage reduction  for  each  file  compressed  or

       -V --version
              Version. Display the version number and compilation options then quit.

       -# --fast --best
              Regulate  the  speed of compression using the specified digit #, where -1 or --fast
              indicates the fastest compression  method  (less  compression)  and  -9  or  --best
              indicates   the   slowest  compression  method  (best  compression).   The  default
              compression level is -6 (that is, biased towards high  compression  at  expense  of


       Multiple  compressed  files  can  be  concatenated.  In this case, gunzip will extract all
       members at once. For example:

             gzip -c file1  > foo.gz
             gzip -c file2 >> foo.gz


             gunzip -c foo

       is equivalent to

             cat file1 file2

       In case of damage to one member of a .gz file, other members can still  be  recovered  (if
       the damaged member is removed). However, you can get better compression by compressing all
       members at once:

             cat file1 file2 | gzip > foo.gz

       compresses better than

             gzip -c file1 file2 > foo.gz

       If you want to recompress concatenated files to get better compression, do:

             gzip -cd old.gz | gzip > new.gz

       If a compressed file consists of several members, the uncompressed size and  CRC  reported
       by  the  --list  option applies to the last member only. If you need the uncompressed size
       for all members, you can use:

             gzip -cd file.gz | wc -c

       If you wish to create a single archive file with multiple  members  so  that  members  can
       later be extracted independently, use an archiver such as tar or zip. GNU tar supports the
       -z option to invoke gzip transparently. gzip is designed as a complement to tar, not as  a


       The  environment  variable GZIP can hold a set of default options for gzip.  These options
       are interpreted first and can be overwritten by  explicit  command  line  parameters.  For
             for sh:    GZIP="-8v --name"; export GZIP
             for csh:   setenv GZIP "-8v --name"
             for MSDOS: set GZIP=-8v --name

       On Vax/VMS, the name of the environment variable is GZIP_OPT, to avoid a conflict with the
       symbol set for invocation of the program.


       znew(1), zcmp(1), zmore(1), zforce(1), gzexe(1), zip(1), unzip(1),  compress(1),  pack(1),

       The  gzip  file  format is specified in P. Deutsch, GZIP file format specification version
       4.3, <>, Internet RFC  1952  (May  1996).   The  zip
       deflation  format is specified in P. Deutsch, DEFLATE Compressed Data Format Specification
       version 1.3, <>, Internet RFC 1951 (May 1996).


       Exit status is normally 0; if an error occurs, exit status is 1. If a warning occurs, exit
       status is 2.

       Usage: gzip [-cdfhlLnNrtvV19] [-S suffix] [file ...]
              Invalid options were specified on the command line.

       file: not in gzip format
              The file specified to gunzip has not been compressed.

       file: Corrupt input. Use zcat to recover some data.
              The  compressed  file  has been damaged. The data up to the point of failure can be
              recovered using

                    zcat file > recover

       file: compressed with xx bits, can only handle yy bits
              File was compressed (using LZW) by a program that could deal with  more  bits  than
              the  decompress  code  on  this  machine.   Recompress  the  file  with gzip, which
              compresses better and uses less memory.

       file: already has .gz suffix -- no change
              The file is assumed to be already compressed.  Rename the file and try again.

       file already exists; do you wish to overwrite (y or n)?
              Respond "y" if you want the output file to be replaced; "n" if not.

       gunzip: corrupt input
              A SIGSEGV violation was detected which usually means that the input file  has  been

       xx.x% Percentage of the input saved by compression.
              (Relevant only for -v and -l.)

       -- not a regular file or directory: ignored
              When  the  input  file  is  not a regular file or directory, (e.g. a symbolic link,
              socket, FIFO, device file), it is left unaltered.

       -- has xx other links: unchanged
              The input file has links; it is left unchanged.  See ln(1)  for  more  information.
              Use the -f flag to force compression of multiply-linked files.


       When  writing  compressed data to a tape, it is generally necessary to pad the output with
       zeroes up to a block boundary. When the data is read and the  whole  block  is  passed  to
       gunzip  for  decompression,  gunzip detects that there is extra trailing garbage after the
       compressed data and emits a warning by default. You have to  use  the  --quiet  option  to
       suppress the warning. This option can be set in the GZIP environment variable as in:
         for sh:  GZIP="-q"  tar -xfz --block-compress /dev/rst0
         for csh: (setenv GZIP -q; tar -xfz --block-compr /dev/rst0

       In  the  above  example, gzip is invoked implicitly by the -z option of GNU tar. Make sure
       that the same block size (-b option of tar) is used for  reading  and  writing  compressed
       data on tapes.  (This example assumes you are using the GNU version of tar.)


       The  gzip  format  represents  the  input  size  modulo 2^32, so the --list option reports
       incorrect uncompressed sizes and compression  ratios  for  uncompressed  files  4  GB  and
       larger.   To  work  around  this  problem, you can use the following command to discover a
       large uncompressed file's true size:

             zcat file.gz | wc -c

       The --list option reports sizes as -1 and crc as ffffffff if the compressed file is  on  a
       non seekable media.

       In some rare cases, the --best option gives worse compression than the default compression
       level (-6). On some highly redundant files, compress compresses better than gzip.


       Copyright © 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       Copyright © 1992, 1993 Jean-loup Gailly

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