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.
The subject is not mis-spelled.
Well, it might be a little, but I did that on purpose.
Allow me to explain: This lesson is not about food. It’s about data storage.
Data (preferably pronounced DAY-ta) is information.
In the context that we will be discussing it today, data is information that is stored in electronic memory.