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-- gzip: when it's a single file that should be compressed
-- tar : when you want to archive a bunch of files but need no compression or fast execution
-- tar.gz: archive bunch of files with intermediate compression (will take longer)
-- tar.bz2: archive bunch of files with good compression (takes even longer)