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I am running RHEL 6.4

I have often uncompressed files with Gunzip and tar

I have a series of about 10 files named *.aaa

How can I compress these file and place them into a single file ?

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This should work.  

gzip *.aaa > aaa_files.gz
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Did not work, I think I need a tar command to gather the files into one
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check if you have the zip command on your system

http://linux.die.net/man/1/zip
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tar cvf aaa.tar *.aaa

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Gnu tar (since you're using RHEL) includes zip option.

tar -czvf aaa.tgz *.aaa

You can also bzip it if you want a smaller file size.

tar -cjvf aaa.tbz *.aaa


gzip only works on single files, so you'll have to tar them anyway.
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