The compress and uncompress commands compress a
selected file using adaptive Lempel-Ziv coding to help conserve disk space.
This technique almost always does a better job than the Huffman coding
technique used by the pack/unpack commands.
Typing compress edison would create a compressed file called
edison.Z which could be resorted to its original condition
by typing uncompress edison or uncompress edison.Z.
|Unix ---> compress/uncompress|
You may want to check to see if you have gzip installed on your
system. It also uses Lempel-Ziv coding but often outperforms
compress. Gzip offers additional feature like 32 bit
CRC consistency checks.
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