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5 Best Free and Open Source File Archivers for Linux

Sep 17, 2010, 18:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jun Auza)

"A computer program that merges a number of files together into one archive file, or a series of archive files, for simpler transportation, storage, or backup is called a file archiver. Archiving or packing refers to the process of making an archive file, while unarchiving, unpacking or extracting means reconstructing the original files from the archive.

"The simplest file archivers just gather a list of files and concatenate their contents sequentially into the archive. For transferring a large number of individual files over a high latency network like the Internet, numerous file archivers employ archive formats that provide lossless data compression to reduce the size of the archive.

"If you are looking for a capable free and open-source file archiver for Linux, you should check out this list, and then pick out the one that would suit your needs"

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