I must admit that when I first determined to learn how to create and un-package archive files from the command line, it was a daunting prospect.
It was not so much that I didn’t understand archival and compression, but I more about the fact that I didn’t understand the difference between the utilities available in the command line.
Once I figured out the difference, actually using each one turned out to be a piece of cake (and it was good, too!)
So to make a long story short, I’ve settled on the 5 utilities that can do pretty much anything you would ever want to do on the subject.
There are file types that exist for no purpose other than to package other individual files together into a bundle, and even to compress that bundle’s file size.
These files are called archive files, or compressed files.
Archive files contain one or more files, neatly packaged together.
Compressed files contain one or more files, packaged in a file size smaller than the combined files’ original sizes.
You may, by this point in time, have some inkling of my proclivity for all things organization and order.
I’ve heard a saying that goes something like “Organization is for people too lazy to look for things”.
Yeah, I’m not buying that.
I like to know that everything has it’s own place to go, and exactly where that place is, so that I can find things in their proper places at any given time.
It is my firm belief that everyone needs a good, solid backup plan.
Whether that plan involves backing up on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis, depends only on how much you want to lose.
Prior to developing good backup habits, the process can sound a bit daunting, but I can assure you that the result is worth the effort!
Anyone who has ever lost data, either due to the lack of a backup or a failed backup process, will know exactly what I mean.
Everyone else — well, allow me to spare you that particularly painful learning experience and the stroke that it can cause.