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BuckSkin 23. Sep 2018 10:44 AM

TAR or ZIP ???
 
Which download is best and which is safest, TAR or ZIP ?

I have always went for ZIP as I know what a ZipFile is and how to use it.

I have no idea what TAR is, but have read recommendations that it is the way to go; these recommendations did not come with any further explanation as to the whats and whys.

Thanks for reading and all help is appreciated.

EldonW 23. Sep 2018 02:50 PM

In a nutshell... TAR files are uncompressed archives.

Read more over here.
https://www.lifewire.com/tar-file-2622386

eyeb 24. Sep 2018 02:02 PM

I didn't know tar was uncompressed archive. I thought it was the compressed archive type that was prefered on linux and zip was the one that Windows used.

BuckSkin 24. Sep 2018 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EldonW (Post 124360)
In a nutshell... TAR files are uncompressed archives.

Read more over here.
https://www.lifewire.com/tar-file-2622386


Thanks ! A lot of information there.

Now that I better understand what they are, I may just practice creating some TAR files to get a better grasp of them.

If I understand what I read, a TAR file could contain some jpegs, some TIFFs, some PDFs, and some mpegs, all in a single "file"

Jojo Yee 24. Sep 2018 03:26 PM

A good explanation here.

Quote:

A tar archive file contains uncompressed byte stre-ams of the files which it contains. To achieve archive compression, a variety of compression programs are available, such as gzip, bzip2, xz, lzip, lzma, or compress, which compress the entire tar archive. Typically, the compressed form of the archive receives a filename by appending the format-specific compressor suffix to the archive file name. For example, a tar archive archive.tar, is named archive.tar.gz, when it is compressed by gzip.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar_...mpressed_files

Jojo Yee 24. Sep 2018 03:33 PM

Read the word "stre-ams" as without the dash, as the original word has been denied here.

BuckSkin 24. Sep 2018 03:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jojo Yee (Post 124368)
A good explanation here.


Thanks! It appears we were both typing at the same time.

BuckSkin 24. Sep 2018 03:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jojo Yee (Post 124369)
Read the word "stre-ams" as without the dash, as the original word has been denied here.

That is peculiar; I wonder why.

I just tried "Canada has trout stre - ams" and it kicked that out as well.


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