Linux Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - v5.41, by Herong Yang
"xz/unxz" - Compressed *.xz or *.lzma Files
This section provides a tutorial example on how to use 'xz' and 'unxz' commands to compress large files and restore them later. Compressed files will have the *.xz file name extension.
If you have a large file, you may want to compress it with the "xz" utility to save storage space.
1. Compress a file with the "xz" command, which uses the LZMA2 algorithm. The original file is replaced with the compressed version and renamed to the same name plus the extension .xz.
herong$ cp history-of-linux.txt history-of-linux-bck.txt herong$ xz history-of-linux.txt herong$ ls -l history* -rw-r--r-- 1 herong staff 1444 history-of-linux-bck.txt -rw-r--r--. 1 herong staff 916 history-of-linux.txt.xz
2. Restore a compressed file with the "unxz" command. The compressed file is replaced with the restored version and renamed to the original name without the extension .xz.
herong$ unxz history-of-linux.txt.xz herong$ ls -l history* -rw-r--r-- 1 herong staff 1444 history-of-linux-bck.txt -rw-r--r-- 1 herong staff 1444 history-of-linux.txt
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