Talk:A tutorial on 'tar'

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Rewrite wanted: Deprecate bz2 in favour of xz

Trials reported at suggest that --xz will typically produce a better compression ratio than --gzip but takes longer and uses more RAM while working. --gzip does not typically compress as small, but could be used if there are problems with insufficient memory or excessive run time. --bzip2 typically does not compress as small as xz but takes longer than gzip.

Consequently I think we should amend this tutorial to recommend --xz, with --gzip as a fallback, and only mention --bzip2 in the context of decompressing received files.

Ross Dickson (talk) 19:36, 18 July 2019 (UTC)