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Old 11-06-2010, 11:12 AM   #1
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compressing collection of text files

i have a collection of text files for 50 gbs..i want to compress these files and store them into dvds.i want to know the present popular optimized method to compress the files.let me know masters.

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Old 11-06-2010, 11:26 AM   #2
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You mean the best way to compress text files ? I'd say LZMA. So, you can either use p7zip (lzma is default, but you can increase compression), or

p7zip may be a better option because you can make volumes of a certain size, like 4480 MB, so they can fit on DVDs.
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I agree with Texmex about LZMA - if sheer "compression strength" is the main question, that's currently the way to go. Second to that, I'd suggest bzip2, however, as implied above by Texmex, either way you'll need to take some measures to ensure that whatever finished archives you end up with, are of a suitable size to fit onto your media.

And note, very high compression takes a long time no matter which method you use, so keep in mind that for example, going from compression level -6 to level -9 may not provide that much added compression that it's worth the added time it took -- it's up to you how much time costs and media costs.
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Not a direct answer to your question, but you might want to look at fusecompress to reduce you storage requirements on you hard drive. With fusecompress you define a directory on your system to hold compressed files, and any (compressable) file added to the directory is automatically compressed. Mounting the directory allows you to access it as though the contents were not compressed.

On my system I keep a compressed directory of several hundred books (Mostly from Baen Books) in a "Compressed Books" directory, which I access as "Books" by placing the script, below, to be run from .kde/Autostart.

# Mount a compressed file system
compressed="/home/Peter/Compressed Books"
# Are we using the same directory for compressed and uncompressed data?
[ "$compressed" = "$uncompressed" ] && args="$args",nonempty
# Skip the mount part if the target is already mounted
mounted=$(mount | grep "$uncompressed")
if [ -z "$mounted" ]
  fusecompress -o "$args" \""$compressed"\" \""$uncompressed"\"
Oh, if you're interested, here's what the Autostart desktop file looks like:
$ cat .kde/Autostart/Uncompress_Book.desktop 
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]                                                          
Comment[en_US]=Uncompress Books                                            
Comment=Uncompress Books                                                   
GenericName[en_US]=Run FUSEuncompress                                           
Note: I just moved to F14 from F13, and fusecompress was not working properly with its default compression method (lzo), but recompressing my compressed directory with a fusecompress_offline -o fc_c:lzma Compressed\ Books/
seems to have fixed the problem.


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