compressing v. archiving

Subject: compressing v. archiving
From: "Wilcox, John (WWC, Contractor)" <wilcoxj -at- WDNI -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 14:01:00 -0700

From: Mary Anthony
Subject: Re: Query: stuffed/zipped generic term

Compression is a by-product of zip and tar. The difference between
"archiving" commands and simple file compression (I would guess) is that
the archiving commands preserve directory structure, ownership, and
file attributes as opposed to just a single file's contents.
PKzip and WinZip can also preserve these attributes (except for the
concept of ownership, of course). However, I just checked the quick
help for both, and they both refer to compressing, not archiving, so
apparently compress is the correct term.

But when telling users to run a self-extracting executable (which
contains compressed files), I say "extract the files from the archive
by...". What else could I say -- "decompress the files"? I suppose.


John Wilcox, Documentation Specialist
Timberlands Information Services
Weyerhaeuser, WWC 2E2
Tacoma, WA 98477-0001 USA
253-924-7972 mailto:wilcoxj -at- wdni -dot- com
(I don't speak for Weyerhaeuser, and they return the favor.)

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