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How to check if SSH compression is enabled?

I am experiencing severe slowdown in Git checkouts from VM. I've been told that one of the reasons may be SSH compression (either enabled or disabled). How to check that is the state of compression ...
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Compress a tar file without extracting the content

Is it possible to compress a tar file such that I don't end up with an archive file in an other archive file but just an archive file containing my content fx. a tar.gz file? I don't want to extract ...
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Estimate compressibility of file

Is there a quick and dirty way of estimating gzip-compressibility of a file without having to fully compress it with gzip? I could, in bash, do bc <<<"scale=2;$(gzip -c file | wc -c)/$(wc ...
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Private VPN compression for faster internet

I've posted this same question on StackOverflow as well, but figured out I may get more Debian-specific answers here Background: I'm a student, and currently the WiFi connection at my school is very ...
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Zip does not compress files when zipping

I have zipped a file recursively in a directory. But what I notice with these last few zips is that the files do not get compressed. adding: ...
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In what situation would a tarball (.tgz) be almost the same size as the original

I just tarballed a dump of some websites (configs, image directory, css directory, and site content (html files etc)) using tar czf sitedump.tgz backup_folder/. The original "backup_folder" was about ...
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Why don't the servers use 7z?

By default on a UNIX machine install, I can see the logs are rotated with gzip. Question: Why doesn't the UNIX world use by default 7z? It would be much more efficient than gzip.. I just compressed ...
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How should I combine many compressed files into one archive?

I have a few hundred .tar.xz files which are almost identical (they are daily database dumps, and the database changes slowly). I believe that due to the similarities in the uncompressed files, they ...
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How to compress a TMPFS folder?

I'm looking for a way to compress a tmpfs folder on the fly. I would like to use it for a local cache folder with a lot of data. I know there is a way to use Redis with eg LZF compression, but I ...
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Disk usage inside archives, like ncdu

I am a fond user of the ncdu utility to figure out how space is used within a directory. However, I have a use case where I am trying to choose which folders to backup and which folders not to ...
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How can I tell when a file was compressed?

I want to find out when my log files were compressed by logrotate because when I received them from cron in my email, the logs came in as text in the main body of the email instead. I did: ls -1la ...
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zfs-fuse: enabling compression has no effect

I installed on Debian Wheezy zfs-fuse file system and enabled compression gzip-9 on one dataset ("storage/backup"). When I check if the compression is enabled on this dataset, it shows YES: $: zfs ...
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appendable and greppable archive on CentOS to hold many log files (logrotate on steroids)

I have a bunch of applications on a CentOS 6.3 box, which generate daily logs (text files with a very similar content) in this vein: /data/logs/app/my-2014-06-29.log ...
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Command-line incremental backup tools

Which command line backup tool(s) has the best compression ratio? I want to backup my entire system, including media files, text files etc. I found this list on the Arch wiki site but I don't know ...
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Mount compressed tar file and update it

How do I mount a .tar.gz file, update it (add new files, edit files), and then unmount it such that changes are reflected in the original compressed file? I'm open to other compression formats if no ...
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Compress memory on low Ram VM

Is there a way to get out more out of your limited Ram on a VM? I have a VM running on a cloud hoster and try to optimize a quite low on RAM mashine. I heard, there is a way to compress parts in the ...
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How to install Uglify on Debian Sid

I have a question about how to install Uglify or Uglify2 on Debian. I'm also wondering whether I have to install Node.js as well. My main goal of asking this question is to minify all my CSS and .js ...
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Using `tac` on zipped files

tac unzipped.log | grep -m1 pattern works perfectly fine but I am not able to use the tac command on zipped files. tac zipped.gz | zgrep -m1 pattern returns nothing. Is there anyway to use tac ...
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Image set compression

Is there a good open source (not exclusive to Linux) for compression of a set of similar images? I have thousands of documents scanned but I do not access them often. The documents are forms, with ...
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Making tar split archives as it compresses?

I want to compress a file with tar but I'd like to know if its possible to do it while splitting the files. I know that in windows is possible to do this with winrar, I also know I can use split but ...
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Can p7zip create smaller zip files than winzip?

7-Zip for Windows creates smaller zip archives than WinZip, so presumably P7zip can create smaller zip archives than Zip in Linux. So how do I create zip files using P7zip in Linux?
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Does tar actually compress files, or just group them together?

I usually assumed that tar was a compression utility, but I am unsure, does it actually compress files, or is it just like an ISO file, a file to hold files?
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What happened to bzip1?

bzip2 had been a de facto standard for quite strong compression throughout many years already. I myself had typed the bzip2 command thousands of times already, which makes me wonder - what happened to ...
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How to specify additional parameters for GNU sort's --compress-program option?

sort --compress-program=/bin/gzip works fine, but how can I pass options down to the compression programm (e.g. --best or --fast)? sort --compress-program=/bin/gzip\ --best failes with the error ...
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bzip2 -c versus -z

Wanted to check for understanding; while revisiting the topic of using dd over netcat I experimented with compressing the data with bzip2. In the man page, there's -c (compress or decompress to ...
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Is there any way in BTRFS to set compression permanently?

I have a USB HDD. I want to mount it with compression enabled. I can do in the fstab of my system or even using udev rules. The problem is that I won't mount my USB HDD on my computer only. Up to ...
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How can I tell if PPP compression is enabled for modem?

I'm using Debian Linux on an embedded system, we use ppp to connect to the WAN via a CDMA modem. I want to find out if compression is being used by ppp. In my /var/log/messages I see the line: ...
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Compress zip files with higher compression

I have a large number of zip files that were compressed using the zip command. I would like to recompress them with the -9 flag to improve the compression ratio. Does anyone know if that can be done ...
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Compressing all files that contain a particular string

How can you compress all files in a directory that contain the word “compress” anywhere within its contents?
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How to extract files from uImage?

Buildroot is generating Images for an embedded device where they should run on. This is working very well. In those Images the rootfs is included. Due to some research I'd like to look into that ...
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I want to understand Buildroot - the 3 compression config options (kernel, initramfs & rootfs)

I'm using buildroot to generate my images and for sure there is the option of compression with the help of different methods (LZO, LZMA, gzip, ...). So far i found these 3 compression options in ...
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Debian: Create compressed Harddrive for copy

On my Debian system I have a box with certain configuration settings that I like but I've had to change them continuously. There have been times that I've gotten into a some-what irreversible ...
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What do you do to scan with 600 dpi while maintaing a small output file?

I just installed xsane which I already successfully tested with my Epson Perfection V30. When scanning with these settings the output file is remarkably large. Is there a way to decrease the size, ...
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Facility on AIX to ZIP a list of files

I'm working with an external company who is using AIX (version unknown) as their platform. They are required to FTP me a ZIP file containing multiple files. Does the UNIX utility zip exist on a ...
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Error with a .gz file decompression in Mint, but works perfectly in Windows, so the file is not corrupt

I've downloaded some .csv files from the OECD Stats website, since I need them to plot some graphs with gnuplot. When I open them with File Roller 3.4.1 (the default program to handle archive files), ...
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File compression - how to implement in Linux

I would like to be able to compress certain files (that I need to keep, but use rarely) on disk. I noticed that chattr +c flags a file for compression, but it doesn't seem to actually compress files. ...
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Having trouble uncompressing a few files [duplicate]

So I have to uncompress 4 different files. When I do file file1 file file2 file file3 file file4 for example, different messages are displayed. For example one starts like "gzip compressed data, ...
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Syslog TLS Compression and Message Buffering

Where I work, we have a site-to-site VPN tunnel set up between our main data center and a third party data center that does some Oracle PaaS for us. Since they charge per-VM, we're monitoring the ...
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How to compress wmv files on the linux console

I have some badly made WMV-files on my server that are huge (some GB) with just some picture slide-shows in it. Is it possible to compress them on the console there on the debian server so I can ...
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gzip, bzip2 and zip: very low compression ratio

I need to transfer (via ftp) some movie files (.MPG) on to remote machine. I thought to 1st compress it and then send. But all the compression utilities (gzip, bzip2 and zip) are having very less ...
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speed up gzip compression

Is it possible to speed up the gzip process? I'm using mysqldump "$database_name" | gzip > $BACKUP_DIR/$database_name.sql.gz to backup a database into a directory, $BACKUP_DIR. the manpage ...
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zcat a file line by line? [closed]

I have written a C++ application that reads files line by line. It reads one line, does processing, then reads the next line. I would like to add support for gzipped files, and am looking to an ...
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How to read a .war file?

I am trying to view the content of a .war file. I first did set its permissions with chmod 777 then when I try to accces it using: cd /usr/local/standalone/deployments/Sample.war/WEB-INF/classes/ ...
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How to make nemo support compressing files by context menu?

I use Cinnamon on ArchLinux and Nemo is it's default file manager. I've tried 3 GUI file archivers (p7zip with WxGTK, peazip & file-roller), but none of them add a "compress option" in the context ...
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Which file compression software for linux offers the highest size reduction?

I do a ton of file compression. Most of the stuff I am compressing is just code, so I need to use loss less compression. I was wondering if there was anything that offers a better size reduction ...
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problem with /compress

I have script that was provided with some SW. The script output is something like that (in debug mode). + changeDirectory + '[' -d /cdr/work/proc_raw/proc ']' + cd /cdr/work/proc_raw/proc + echo ...
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file type determine [closed]

As part of the product, there were several scripts which was provided. In one of the scripts, I've found the following line which seems not to work properly find . -name *.old -type f -mtime +7 | ...
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Universal extractors

With an increasing number of archive/compression file formats, is there a single free/open-source command line tool to rule them all? Perhaps something with a consistent / unified set of flags? (note ...
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Difference between --xz and --lzma in GNU tar?

As far as I can tell, XZ is a container that uses the LZMA2 algorithm (i.e. extended LZMA); but e.g. $ xz foo/ complains about foo/ being a directory. So presumably the correct way to preserve ...
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Triple compression and I only save 1% in space?

I've been trying to save space on my linux server, and I had a folder containting, in subfolders, 22GB of images. So I decided to compress them. First I used tar: tar -zcf folder.tar folder Then ...