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Re: Bug#160928: ITP: 7zip -- 7zip is file compressor which can handle many archive formats

Brian M. Carlson wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 16, 2002 at 09:37:50AM -0500, Graham Wilson wrote:
> > On Mon, Sep 16, 2002 at 08:21:24AM -0500, Drew Scott Daniels wrote:
> > > It might be nice to note in the description that 7-zip does better
> > > compression than pkzip and other archivers for the .zip archive
> > > format.
> > 
> > is is better than infozip's zip?
> Obviously so, because it can handle RAR archives.

I think you misunderstood the question. In context, it appears to mean,
"Does 7-zip compress .zip archives better than infozip's zip?"

> The only RAR archiver that we have in Debian is in non-free. 7-zip is
> GPL'd, IIRC.

This is a good point to make. I suppose there is some value in having a
dearchiver for .rar, though I've never needed one myself. Pretty much
everything out there is either .tar.[bg]z or .zip, in my experience (not
counting Microsoft's .cab, which they seem to use only on distribution
CDs). Various alternatives like .rar, .zoo, and .arj have come along
from the time time, claiming incrementally better compression and/or
speed, or some other advantage, but so far none has been so much better
that it actually becomes commonplace.


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