Shrinking (compressing) and restoring (decompressing) of data.

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Clear unused space with zeros (ext3,ext4)

How to clear unused space with zeros ? (ext3,ext4) I'm looking for something smarter than cat /dev/zero > /mnt/X/big_zero ; sync; rm /mnt/X/big_zero Like FSArchiver is looking for "used space" ...
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How can I view gzipped files in less without having to type zless?

I am using Ubuntu, and I would like to be able to type less compressed_text_file.gz and page the contents of the text file in uncompressed form. Is there a way to do this?
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Which file compression software for linux offers the highest size reduction? [closed]

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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Is there any program to provide a consistent interface across multiple archive types?

At the moment, if I download a compressed file, it could be any of a .tar.gz archive, a tar.bz2 arhive, a .zip archive or a .gz archive. And each time I do so, I have to remember what the command line ...
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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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How to XZ a directory with TAR using maximum compression?

So I need to compress a directory with max compression. How can I do it with xz? I mean I will need tar too because I can't compress a directory with only xz. Is there a oneliner to produce e.g. ...
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How to uncompress zlib data in UNIX?

I have created zlib-compressed data in Python, like this: import zlib s = '...' z = zlib.compress(s) with open('/tmp/data', 'w') as f: f.write(z) (or one-liner in shell: echo -n '...' | python2 ...
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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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Fastest way of working out uncompressed size of large GZIPPED file

Once a file is gzipped, is there a way of quickly querying it to say what the uncompressed file size is (without decompressing it), especially in cases where the uncompressed file is > 4GB in size. ...
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Clear unused space with zeros (btrfs)

How to clear unused space with zeros ? (I am asking for tool for btrfs filesystem) I'm looking for something smarter than cat /dev/zero > /mnt/X/big_zero ; sync; rm /mnt/X/big_zero Like ...
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Determine whether a particular file is compressed

How to know in Linux whether a particular file is compressed or not using a command?