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Old 01-18-2005
[help] Cant compress file

Anybody know what happened here?

162 lab2-36:~/try_direct/another> compress url.txt
url.txt: -- file unchanged
# 2  
Old 01-18-2005
Why this file remained unchanged?
# 3  
Old 01-18-2005
what is size of the file ?
Compression happens if the file is significantly large and compression should save some space.

Try on a large file ....
# 4  
Old 01-18-2005
or try some thing like this :
compress -v url.txt to run in verbose mode.

or forcibly do compression eventhough % of compression is less.

compress -f url.txt
# 5  
Old 01-18-2005
OK, thanx. It does work on large files. I'm just wondering why it doesn't work on this file. Sure it's a small file - only 65 bytes.
# 6  
Old 01-18-2005
compress will not compress a file if the compressed file is not smaller than the source file.

Seems like the block size of the file system would be the smallest unit it could (or should) consider.
# 7  
Old 01-18-2005
Thanx.
What is "the block size" anyway?
 
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