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What is the different between gunzip and also gzip ?
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by:bcoleman
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gzip zip a file (compresses it)
gunzip unzips a file (uncompresses it)
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by:DVB
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man gzip will help.
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sbuehrle earned 10 total points
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Nothing. In fact gzip, gunzip, and zcat are typically all links to the same file. When the program is executed, it knows what name was
used to call it and acts appropriatly.
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by:DVB
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sbuehrle, no they arent. Look in /bin. (Use -l).
[] /bin$ ls -l gzip
-rwxr-xr-x   3 root     root        50384 Mar 26  1999 gzip*
[] /bin$ ls -l gunzip
-rwxr-xr-x   3 root     root        50384 Mar 26  1999 gunzip*
[] /bin$ ls -l zcat
-rwxr-xr-x   3 root     root        50384 Mar 26  1999 zcat*        
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by:ozo
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3 links and same size and date suggests that sbuehrle was correct
(to confirm, use -i)
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