Internet Spec List

Data Archiving Overview

Archiving provides a way to package a set of files (often in a heirachical system of directories or folders) in such a way that it can easily stored or transmitted, and then restored (possibly in a different location or machine) with all the files and their relationships intact.

In the unix world, archiving (tar) and compression (compress) are traditionally separate operations (or filters). In the DOS and Windows world, these functions are generally combined (arc, zip, etc). As such, this document includes archiving standards that overlap compression standards.


- GZIP 4.3

- JavaSoft's JAR Java container

- Microsoft's Cabinet Java classes

Other References

- PKWare ZIP Libraries
- Data Compression

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