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lrzip(1)							      lrzip(1)

       lrzip - a large-file compression	program

       lrzip [OPTIONS] <file>
       lrzip -d	[OPTIONS] <file>
       lrunzip [OPTIONS] <file>
       lrzcat [OPTIONS]	<file>
       lrztar [lrzip options] <directory>
       lrztar -d [lrzip	options] <directory>
       lrzuntar	[lrzip options]	<directory>
       lrz [lrz	options] <directory>
       LRZIP=NOCONFIG [lrzip|lrunzip] [OPTIONS]	<file>

       LRZIP is	a file compression program designed to do particularly well on
       very large files	containing long	 distance  redundancy.	 lrztar	 is  a
       wrapper for LRZIP to simplify compression and decompression of directo-

       Here is a summary of the	options	to lrzip.

       General options:
	-c, --check		check integrity	of file	written	on decompression
	-d, --decompress	decompress
	-e, --encrypt		password protected sha512/aes128 encryption on compression
	-h, -?,	--help		show help
	-H, --hash		display	md5 hash integrity information
	-i, --info		show compressed	file information
	-q, --quiet		don't show compression progress
	-r, --recursive		operate	recursively on directories
	-t, --test		test compressed	file integrity
	-v[v], --verbose	Increase verbosity
	-V, --version		show version
       Options affecting output:
	-D, --delete		delete existing	files
	-f, --force		force overwrite	of any existing	files
	-k, --keep-broken	keep broken or damaged output files
	-o, --outfile filename	specify	the output file	name and/or path
	-O, --outdir directory	specify	the output directory when -o is	not used
	-S, --suffix suffix	specify	compressed suffix (default '.lrz')
       Options affecting compression:
	-b, --bzip2		bzip2 compression
	-g, --gzip		gzip compression using zlib
	-l, --lzo		lzo compression	(ultra fast)
	-n, --no-compress	no backend compression - prepare for other compressor
	-z, --zpaq		zpaq compression (best,	extreme	compression, extremely slow)
       Low level options:
	-L, --level level	set lzma/bzip2/gzip compression	level (1-9, default 7)
	-N, --nice-level value	Set nice value to value	(default 19)
	-p, --threads value	Set processor count to override	number of threads
	-m, --maxram size	Set maximim available ram in hundreds of MB
				overrides detected ammount of available	ram
	-T, --threshold		Disable	LZO compressibility testing
	-U, --unlimited		Use unlimited window size beyond ramsize (potentially much slower)
	-w, --window size	maximum	compression window in hundreds of MB
				default	chosen by heuristic dependent on ram and chosen	compression

       LRZIP=NOCONFIG environment variable setting can be used to bypass lrzip.conf.
       TMP environment variable	will be	used for storage of temporary files when needed.
       TMPDIR may also be stored in lrzip.conf file.

       If no filenames or "-" is specified, stdin/out will be used.

General	options
       -c     This option enables integrity checking of	the  file  written  to
	      disk on decompression. All decompression is tested internally in
	      lrzip with either	crc32 or md5 hash checking  depending  on  the
	      version  of  the	archive	 already.  However the file written to
	      disk may be  corrupted  for  other  reasons  to  do  with	 other
	      userspace	 problems  such	 as  faulty library versions, drivers,
	      hardware failure and so on. Enabling this	option will make lrzip
	      perform  an  md5	hash check on the file that's written to disk.
	      When the archive has the md5 value stored	in it, it is  compared
	      to this. Otherwise it is compared	to the value calculated	during
	      decompression. This offers an  extra  guarantee  that  the  file
	      written is the same as the original archived.

       -d     Decompress.  If  this option is not used then lrzip looks	at the
	      name used	to launch the  program.	 If  it	 contains  the	string
	      "lrunzip"	 then  the  -d option is automatically set. If it con-
	      tains the	string "lrzcat"	then the -d -o - options are automati-
	      cally set.

       -e     Encrypt.	This option enables high grade password	encryption us-
	      ing a combination	of multiply  sha512  hashed  password,	random
	      salt  and	aes128 CBC encryption.	Passwords up to	500 characters
	      long are supported, and the encryption mechanism used  virtually
	      guarantees  that	the  same  file	created	with the same password
	      will never be the	same. Furthermore, the password	hashing	is in-
	      creased  according to the	date the file is encrypted, increasing
	      the number of CPU	cycles required	for each password  attempt  in
	      accordance  with	Moore's	law, thus making the difficulty	of at-
	      tempting brute force attacks proportional	to the power of	modern

       -h|-?  Print an options summary page

       -H     This  shows  the md5 hash	value calculated on compressing	or de-
	      compressing an lrzip archive. By default all compression has the
	      md5  value  calculated  and stored in all	archives since version
	      0.560. On	decompression, when an md5 value has  been  found,  it
	      will  be calculated and used for integrity checking.  If the md5
	      value is not stored in the archive, it will  not	be  calculated
	      unless explicitly	specified with this option, or check integrity
	      (see below) has been requested.

       -i     This shows information about a compressed	 file.	It  shows  the
	      compressed  size,	 the decompressed size,	the compression	ratio,
	      what compression was used	and what hash checking	will  be  used
	      for internal integrity checking.	Note that the compression mode
	      is detected from the first block only and	it will	show  no  com-
	      pression	used  if  the  first block was incompressible, even if
	      later blocks were	compressible. If verbose options -v or -vv are
	      added,  a	breakdown of all the internal blocks and progressively
	      more information pertaining to them will also be shown.

       -q     If this option is	specified then lrzip will not  show  the  per-
	      centage  progress	 while compressing. Note that compression hap-
	      pens in bursts with lzma compression which is the	 default  com-
	      pression.	 This  means  that  it	will progress very rapidly for
	      short periods and	then stop for long periods.

       -r     If this option is	specified, lrzip will  recursively  enter  the
	      directories  specified,  compressing or decompressing every file
	      individually in the same directory. Note for better  compression
	      it  is recommended to instead combine files in a tar file	rather
	      than compress them separately, either manually or	with the  lrz-
	      tar helper.

       -t     This tests the compressed	file integrity.	It does	this by	decom-
	      pressing it to a temporary file and then deleting	it.

       -v[v]  Increases	verbosity. -vv will print more messages	than -v.

       -V     Print the	lrzip version number

Options	affecting output
       -D     If this option is	specified then lrzip will  delete  the	source
	      file  after  successful  compression or decompression. When this
	      option is	not specified then the source files are	not deleted.

       -f     If this option is	not specified (Default)	then  lrzip  will  not
	      overwrite	 any  existing files. If you set this option then rzip
	      will silently overwrite any files	as needed.

       -k     This option will keep broken or damaged files instead of	delet-
	      ing  them.  When compression or decompression is interrupted ei-
	      ther by user or error, or	a file decompressed fails an integrity
	      check, it	is normally deleted by LRZIP.

       -o     Set  the	output	file  name. If this option is not set then the
	      output file name is chosen based on the input name and the  suf-
	      fix.  The	-o option cannot be used if more than one file name is
	      specified	on the command line.

       -O     Set the output directory for the default filename.  This	option
	      cannot be	combined with -o.

       -S     Set the compression suffix. The default is '.lrz'.

Options	affecting compression
       -b     Bzip2  compression.  Uses	 bzip2	compression for	the 2nd	stage,
	      much like	the original rzip does.

       -g     Gzip compression.	Uses gzip compression for the 2nd stage.  Uses
	      libz compress and	uncompress functions.

       -l     LZO  Compression.	 If this option	is set then lrzip will use the
	      ultra fast lzo compression algorithm for	the  2nd  stage.  This
	      mode of compression gives	bzip2 like compression at the speed it
	      would normally take to simply copy the  file,  giving  excellent
	      compression/time value.

       -n     No  2nd stage compression. If this option	is set then lrzip will
	      only perform the long distance redundancy	1st stage compression.
	      While this does not compress any faster than LZO compression, it
	      produces a smaller file that then	 responds  better  to  further
	      compression  (by eg another application),	also reducing the com-
	      pression time substantially.

       -z     ZPAQ compression.	Uses ZPAQ compression which is	from  the  PAQ
	      family  of compressors known for having some of the highest com-
	      pression ratios possible but at the cost of being	extremely slow
	      on  both	compress  and decompress (4x slower than lzma which is
	      the default).

Low level options
       -L 1..9
	      Set the compression level	from 1 to 9. The  default  is  to  use
	      level 7, which gives good	all round compression. The compression
	      level is also strongly related to	how much  memory  lrzip	 uses.
	      See the -w option	for details.

       -N value
	      The default nice value is	19. This option	can be used to set the
	      priority scheduling for the lrzip	backup or decompression. Valid
	      nice  values  are	from -20 to 19.	Note this does NOT speed up or
	      slow down	compression.

       -p value
	      Set the number of	processor count	to  determine  the  number  of
	      threads to run.  Normally	lrzip will scale according to the num-
	      ber of CPUs it detects. Using this will override	the  value  in
	      case  you	 wish  to use less CPUs	to either decrease the load on
	      your machine, or to improve compression. Setting it  to  1  will
	      maximise	compression  but will not attempt to use more than one

       -T     Disables the LZO compressibility threshold testing when a	slower
	      compression  back-end is used. LZO testing is normally performed
	      for the slower back-end compression of LZMA and ZPAQ.  The  rea-
	      soning is	that if	it is completely incompressible	by LZO then it
	      will also	be incompressible by them. Thus	if a block fails to be
	      compressed  by the very fast LZO,	lrzip will not attempt to com-
	      press that block with  the  slower  compressor,  thereby	saving
	      time.  If	this option is enabled,	it will	bypass the LZO testing
	      and attempt to compress each block regardless.

       -U     Unlimited	window size. If	this option is set, and	the file being
	      compressed does not fit into the available ram, lrzip will use a
	      moving second buffer as a	"sliding mmap" which  emulates	having
	      infinite ram. This will provide the most possible	compression in
	      the first	rzip stage which can improve the compression of	 ultra
	      large  files when	they're	bigger than the	available ram. However
	      it runs progressively slower the larger the  difference  between
	      ram and the file size, so	is best	reserved for when the smallest
	      possible size is desired on a very  large	 file,	and  the  time
	      taken is not important.

       -w n   Set  the	maximum	allowable compression window size to n in hun-
	      dreds of megabytes.  This	is the amount  of  memory  lrzip  will
	      search during its	first stage of pre-compression and is the main
	      thing that will determine	how much benefit  lrzip	 will  provide
	      over  ordinary  compression with the 2nd stage algorithm.	If not
	      set (recommended), the value chosen will be determined by	an in-
	      ternal  heuristic	 in  lrzip  which uses the most	memory that is
	      reasonable, without any hard upper limit.	It is limited  to  2GB
	      on  32bit	 machines. lrzip will always reduce the	window size to
	      the biggest it can be without running out	of memory.

       "make install" or just install lrzip somewhere in your search path.

       LRZIP operates in two stages. The first stage finds and	encodes	 large
       chunks  of  duplicated data over	potentially very long distances	in the
       input file. The second stage is to use a	compression algorithm to  com-
       press  the  output of the first stage. The compression algorithm	can be
       chosen to be optimised for extreme size (zpaq), size (lzma -  default),
       speed  (lzo),  legacy  (bzip2 or	gzip) or can be	omitted	entirely doing
       only the	first stage. A one stage only compressed file can  almost  al-
       ways  improve  both the compression size	and speed done by a subsequent
       compression program.

       The key difference between lrzip	and other well known compression algo-
       rithms  is  its	ability	to take	advantage of very long distance	redun-
       dancy. The well known deflate algorithm used in	gzip  uses  a  maximum
       history	buffer	of  32k.  The block sorting algorithm used in bzip2 is
       limited to 900k of history. The history buffer in lrzip can be any size
       long, not even limited by available ram.

       It  is  quite  common these days	to need	to compress files that contain
       long distance redundancies. For example,	when compressing a set of home
       directories  several  users  might  have	copies of the same file, or of
       quite similar files. It is also common to have a	single file that  con-
       tains  large  duplicated	 chunks	over long distances, such as pdf files
       containing repeated copies of the same image. Most compression programs
       won't  be  able	to  take  advantage of this redundancy,	and thus might
       achieve a much lower compression	ratio than lrzip can achieve.

       LRZIP recognises	a configuration	file that contains  default  settings.
       This   configuration   is   searched  for  in  the  current  directory,
       /etc/lrzip,  and	 $HOME/.lrzip.	The  configuration  filename  must  be

       By  default,  lrzip  will  search  for  and  use	 a configuration file,
       lrzip.conf.  If the user	wishes to bypass the file, a startup ENV vari-
       able may	be set.
       LRZIP = NOCONFIG	[lrzip|lrunzip]	[OPTIONS] <file>
       which will force	lrzip to ignore	the configuration file.

HISTORY	- Notes	on rzip	by Andrew Tridgell
       The  ideas behind rzip were first implemented in	1998 while I was work-
       ing on rsync. That version was too slow to be practical,	 and  was  re-
       placed  by  this	 version  in 2003.  LRZIP was created by the desire to
       have better compression and/or speed by Con  Kolivas  on	 blending  the
       lzma  and lzo compression algorithms with the rzip first	stage, and ex-
       tending the compression windows to scale	with increasing	ram sizes.

       Nil known.

       lrzip.conf(5), lrunzip(1), lrzcat(1), lrztar(1),	 lrzuntar(1),  lrz(1),
       bzip2(1), gzip(1), lzop(1), rzip(1), zip(1)

       lrzip is	being extensively bastardised from rzip	by Con Kolivas.
       rzip was	written	by Andrew Tridgell.
       lzma was	written	by Igor	Pavlov.
       lzo was written by Markus Oberhumer.
       zpaq was	written	by Matt	Mahoney.
       Peter  Hyman  added  informational  output, updated LZMA	SDK, and added
       lzma multi-threading capabilities.

       If you wish to report a problem,	or  make  a  suggestion,  then	please
       email Con at

       lrzip  is  released  under  the	GNU  General Public License version 2.
       Please see the file COPYING for license details.

				   June	2016			      lrzip(1)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | OPTIONS SUMMARY | OPTIONS | General options | Options affecting output | Options affecting compression | Low level options | INSTALLATION | COMPRESSION ALGORITHM | FILES | ENVIRONMENT | HISTORY - Notes on rzip by Andrew Tridgell | BUGS | SEE ALSO | AUTHOR and CREDITS

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