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      plzip - reduces the size of files

      plzip [,options/] [,files/]

      Plzip is a massively parallel (multi-threaded) implementation of lzip,
      fully compatible with lzip 1.4 or newer. Plzip uses the compression
      library lzlib.

      Lzip is a lossless data compressor with a user interface similar to
      the one of gzip or bzip2. Lzip uses a simplified form of the
      'Lempel-Ziv-Markov chain-Algorithm' (LZMA) stream format and provides
      a 3 factor integrity checking to maximize interoperability and
      optimize safety. Lzip can compress about as fast as gzip (lzip -0) or
      compress most files more than bzip2 (lzip -9). Decompression speed is
      intermediate between gzip and bzip2.  Lzip is better than gzip and
      bzip2 from a data recovery perspective. Lzip has been designed,
      written, and tested with great care to replace gzip and bzip2 as the
      standard general-purpose compressed format for unix-like systems.

      Plzip can compress/decompress large files on multiprocessor machines
      much faster than lzip, at the cost of a slightly reduced compression
      ratio (0.4 to 2 percent larger compressed files). Note that the number
      of usable threads is limited by file size; on files larger than a few
      GB plzip can use hundreds of processors, but on files of only a few MB
      plzip is no faster than lzip.

      -h, --help
           display this help and exit

      -V, --version
           output version information and exit

      -a, --trailing-error
           exit with error status if trailing data

      -B, --data-size=<bytes>
           set size of input data blocks [2x8=16 MiB]

      -c, --stdout
           write to standard output, keep input files

      -d, --decompress

      -f, --force

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           overwrite existing output files

      -F, --recompress
           force re-compression of compressed files

      -k, --keep
           keep (don't delete) input files

      -l, --list
           print (un)compressed file sizes

      -m, --match-length=<bytes>
           set match length limit in bytes [36]

      -n, --threads=<n>
           set number of (de)compression threads [2]

      -o, --output=<file>
           write to <file>, keep input files

      -q, --quiet
           suppress all messages

      -s, --dictionary-size=<bytes>
           set dictionary size limit in bytes [8 MiB]

      -t, --test
           test compressed file integrity

      -v, --verbose
           be verbose (a 2nd -v gives more)

      -0 .. -9
           set compression level [default 6]

           alias for -0

           alias for -9

           allow trailing data seeming corrupt header

           number of 1 MiB input packets buffered [4]

           number of 1 MiB output packets buffered [64]

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           compare version of lzlib.h with liblz.{a,so}

      If no file names are given, or if a file is '-', plzip compresses or
      decompresses from standard input to standard output.  Numbers may be
      followed by a multiplier: k = kB = 10^3 = 1000, Ki = KiB = 2^10 =
      1024, M = 10^6, Mi = 2^20, G = 10^9, Gi = 2^30, etc...  Dictionary
      sizes 12 to 29 are interpreted as powers of two, meaning 2^12 to 2^29

      The bidimensional parameter space of LZMA can't be mapped to a linear
      scale optimal for all files. If your files are large, very repetitive,
      etc, you may need to use the options --dictionary-size and
      --match-length directly to achieve optimal performance.

      To extract all the files from archive 'foo.tar.lz', use the commands
      'tar -xf foo.tar.lz' or 'plzip -cd foo.tar.lz | tar -xf -'.

      Exit status: 0 for a normal exit, 1 for environmental problems (file
      not found, invalid flags, I/O errors, etc), 2 to indicate a corrupt or
      invalid input file, 3 for an internal consistency error (e.g., bug)
      which caused plzip to panic.

      Report bugs to
      Plzip home page:

      Copyright c 2009 Laszlo Ersek.
      Copyright c 2022 Antonio Diaz Diaz.  Using lzlib 1.13 License GPLv2+:
      GNU GPL version 2 or later <>
      This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
      There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

      The full documentation for plzip is maintained as a Texinfo manual.
      If the info and plzip programs are properly installed at your site,
      the command

           info plzip

      should give you access to the complete manual.

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