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compress



compress

 [

options

] [

files

]

Reduce the size of one or more files using adaptive Lempel-Ziv coding, and move to file .Z . Restore with uncompress or zcat .

Options

-b n

Limit the number of bits in coding to n ; n is 9-16, and 16 is the default. A lower n produces a larger, less densely compressed file.

-c

Write to the standard output (do not change files).

-f

Compress unconditionally; i.e., do not prompt before overwriting files.

-v

Print the resulting percentage of reduction for files .


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