GZIP(1) MidnightBSD General Commands Manual GZIP(1)

NAME

gzip — compression/decompression tool using Lempel-Ziv coding (LZ77)

SYNOPSIS

gzip [−cdfhLlNnqrtVv] [−S suffix] file [

file [
...] ]

gunzip [−cfhLNqrtVv] [−S suffix] file [

file [
...] ]

zcat [−fhV] file [

file [
...] ]

DESCRIPTION

The gzip program compresses and decompresses files using Lempel-Ziv coding (LZ77). If no files are specified, gzip will compress from standard input, or decompress to standard output. When in compression mode, each file will be replaced with another file with the suffix, set by the −S suffix option, added, if possible. In decompression mode, each file will be checked for existence, as will the file with the suffix added.

If invoked as gunzip then the −d option is enabled. If invoked as zcat or gzcat then both the −c and −d options are enabled.

This version of gzip is also capable of decompressing files compressed using compress(1) or bzip2(1).

OPTIONS

The following options are available:

−1, −-fast
−2
, −3, −4, −5, −6, −7, −8

−9, −-best

These options change the compression level used, with the −1 option being the fastest, with less compression, and the −9 option being the slowest, with optimal compression. The default compression level is 6.

−c, −-stdout, −-to-stdout

This option specifies that output will go to the standard output stream, leaving files intact.

−d, −-decompress, −-uncompress

This option selects decompression rather than compression.

−f, −-force

This option turns on force mode. This allows files with multiple links, overwriting of pre-existing files, reading from or writing to a terminal, and when combined with the −c option, allowing non-compressed data to pass through unchanged.

−h, −-help

This option prints a usage summary and exits.

−L, −-license

This option prints gzip license.

−l, −-list

This option displays information about the file’s compressed and uncompressed size, ratio, uncompressed name. With the −v option, it also displays the compression method, CRC, date and time embedded in the file.

−N, −-name

This option causes the stored filename in the input file to be used as the output file.

−n, −-no-name

This option stops the filename from being stored in the output file.

−q, −-quiet

With this option, no warnings or errors are printed.

−r, −-recursive

This option is used to gzip the files in a directory tree individually, using the fts(3) library.

−S suffix, −-suffix suffix

This option changes the default suffix from .gz to suffix.

−t, −-test

This option will test compressed files for integrity.

−V, −-version

This option prints the version of the gzip program.

−v, −-verbose

This option turns on verbose mode, which prints the compression ratio for each file compressed.

ENVIRONMENT

If the environment variable GZIP is set, it is parsed as a white-space separated list of options handled before any options on the command line. Options on the command line will override anything in GZIP.

SEE ALSO

bzip2(1), compress(1), fts(3), zlib(3)

HISTORY

The gzip program was originally written by Jean-loup Gailly, licensed under the GNU Public Licence. Matthew R. Green wrote a simple front end for NetBSD 1.3 distribution media, based on the freely re-distributable zlib library. It was enhanced to be mostly feature-compatible with the original GNU gzip program for NetBSD 2.0.

This implementation of gzip was ported based on the NetBSD gzip 20060927, and first appeared in FreeBSD 7.0.

AUTHORS

This implementation of gzip was written by Matthew R. Green 〈mrg@eterna.com.au〉.

MidnightBSD 0.3 January 26, 2007 MidnightBSD 0.3