The Ultimate table of compressors

Rob Harper Rob.Harper at CSC.FI
Tue May 12 03:21:41 EST 1992


The most recent copy of this text may be anonymous ftp'd from
ftp.cso.uiuc.edu (128.174.5.59) in the directory /doc/pcnet as
the file compression.
This file is maintained by David Lemson (lemson at uiuc.edu).
Please do not strip this note from this list when passing it on.
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DECODING THIS CHART: This chart has been compacted to fit into 80 columns
so it can be viewed on-line. The first column is the name of the compression/
archiving technique. The next field is the file extension given to the
resulting file. After that are 5 columns each for a different operating system.
Each one of these consists of the name of the file/program to undo the given
compression/archiving style and a letter that tells where the file/program may
be obtained. All symbols and letters are decoded at the bottom portion of this
file.
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FILE COMPRESSION, ARCHIVING, AND TEXT<->BINARY FORMATS
 
Last Update: 1/23/92           Operating System/Unpackaging Program
 
NAME    File     DOS      *   Mac         *   Unix   *   VM/CMS  *  Amiga    *
      Extension
abe       ?  abe.exe      N      -          abe      Q      -          -
afio      -      -               -          afio     ?      -          -
ar      (any)    -               -          ar       L      -          -
ARC     .ARC arc602.exe   B ArcMac1.3c    A arc521   B  arcutil  K Arc 0.23  Aa
ARCHDOS .IBM Internal IBM only - creates .EXE self-extractors also
ARJ     .ARJ arj220.exe   B      -          unarj220 B   unarj   K     -
BinHex  .Hqx xbin23.zip   B BinHex4.0 +   A mcvert   D  binhex   K     -
binscii   *      -               -              -           -          -
BLU       ?      -               -              -           -          -
BOO     .BOO msbpct.exe   B      ?        ?     -           -          -
             msbmkb.exe
btoa    (any)btoa         N      +          btoa     L      -      compress  Ab
Bundle  .bndl    -          Bundle        E     -           -          -
CardDump(any)    -               -              -       card     K     -
compact .C       -               -         uncompact L      -          -
Compac-
tor      .cpt    -          Compactor1.21 D     -           -          -
Compac-
tor Pro  .cpt    -        CompactorPro1.3 D     -           -          -
compress.Z   u16.zip      A MacCompress3.2A compress L  compress K compress  Ac
             comp430d.zip B
cpio      ?  pax2exe.zip  H      -            cpio   L      -          -
Crunch    ?      -               -              -       arcutil  K     -
Diamond  ^F      -          Diamond 3.0   Z     -           -          -
Diet    (any)diet110a.zip B      -              -           -          -
Disk-
Doubler  .dd     -         DiskDoubler3.7 Z     -           -          -
Disk-   .DMS     -               -              -           -       dms-102  T
Masher  .EXE
DWC     .DWC dwc-a501.exe B      -              -           -          -
FPack   (any)    ?        ? FPack2.2      A     ?    ?      -          -
HPACK   .HPK (unknown)
HYPER   .HYP hyper25.zip  B      -              -           -          -
Imploder(any)    -               -              -           -    imploder1.3 T
JPEG    (any)   (See note at bottom - C source available) ***
Larc    .LZS larc333.zip  B      -              -           -          -
LHA     .LZH lha213.exe   B      -              -           -          -
LHarc   .LZH lh113c.exe   H MacLHarc 0.41 D lharc102 U      -      LHarc     Ad
LHWarp  .LZW     -               -              -           -      Lhwarp    Ae
LU (LAR).LBR lue220.arc   B      -          lar      ?  arcutil  K     -
LZari     ?      -          MacLZAri 7-11 ?     -           -          -
LZEXE   .EXE lzexe91.zip  A      -              -           -          -
LZSS    .lzss    ?        ? LZSS 2.0b5    ?     -           -          -
MDCD    .MD  mdcd10.arc   B      -              -           -          -
nupack    ?      -               -              -           -          -
pack     .Z      -               -           unpack  L      -          -
PackIt  .pit UnPackIt     ? PackIt3.1.3   A unpit    ?      -          -
PAK     .PAK pak250.exe   H      ?        ?     -           -          -
PKLITE  .EXE pklte112.exe B      -              -           -          -
PKPAK   .ARC pk361.exe    A ArcMac1.3c    A arc521   I  arcutil  K PKAX      ?
PKZIP   .ZIP pkz110eu.exe B UnZip1.1 0    D unzip41 B       -      PKAZip    Af
Power-  (any)
Packer  .pp      -               -              -           -    PowerPacker Ai
Scrunch .COM scrnch.arc   B      -              -           -          -
Shark            -               -              sh   E
shell - .shar
archive      toadshr1.arc B UnShar2.0     D   unshar L      -      UnShar    Ag
Ship    (any) (See note at bottom about Ship and Portable Zip) *
shrinkit.shk     -               -              -           -          -
Shrink-
ToFit   .stf     -          STF1.2        ?     -           -          -
SPL       ?      -               ?        ?     -           -          -
Squash  .ARC squash.arc   B      -              -           -          -
Squeeze .xQx sqpc131.arc  B      ?        ?     ?    ?  arcutil  K Sq.Usq    Ah
StuffIt .Sit mactopc. ?   ? StuffIt 1.6   D unsit    D      -          -
tar     .tar tar.zip      A UnTar2.0      D tar      L      -      TarSplit  Ai
             tarread.arc  I
             extar10.zip  B
             ltarv1.zip   B
terse   (any)Copyright IBM       -              -       vmarc    +     -
uuencode.UUE toaduu20.zip B uutool2.0.3  D  uudecode L  arcutil  K uudecode  Aj
Warp    .WRP     -               -              -           -      WarpUtil  Ak
whap    .AP      ?               ?         yabbawhap M      ?      yabbawhap M
xxencode.XXE toaduu20.zip B      -          xxdecode A  xxdecode K     -
yabba   .Y       ?               ?         yabbawhap M      ?      yabbawhap M
ZOO     .ZOO zoo210.exe   A MacBooz2.1    D zoo210   B  zoo      K amigazoo  A
 
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Extended Chart:
                VMS       *    Apple 2    *   Atari     *    OS/2   *  Windows3
 
abe       ?      -               -              -              -          -
afio      -      -               -              -              -          -
ar      (any)    -               -              -              -          -
ARC     .arc arcvms.uue   B dearc.bsq.Z   B arc521b.arc R  arc2.arc A     -
ARJ     .ARJ  unarj220    B      -              -              -          -
BinHex  .Hqx     -               -              -              -          -
binscii   *      -          binscii.exe   O     -              -          -
BLU       ?      -               ?              -              -          -
BOO     .BOO     -               -              -              -          -
btoa    (any)    -               -              -              -          -
Bundle  .bndl    -               -              -              -          -
CardDump(any)    -               -              -              -          -
compact .C       -               -              -              -          -
Compac-
tor      .cpt    -               -              -              -          -
compress.Z   lzcomp.exe   P compress.shk  J compress.arc R     -          -
cpio      ?      -               -              -              -          -
Crunch    ?      -               -              -              -          -
Disk-
Doubler   ?      -               -              -              -          -
DWC     .DWC     -               -              -              -          -
FPack   (any)    -               -              -              -          -
HPACK   .HPK     ?        *      ?        *     ?    *         ?    *     ?    *
HYPER   .HYP     -               -              -              -          -
Larc    .LZS     -               -              -              -          -
LHarc   .LZH     -               -          lharc113.arc R  clhar103  S   -
LHWarp  .LZW     -               -              -              -          -
LU(LAR) .LBR vmssweep     B      -              -              -          -
LZari     ?      -               -              -              -          -
LZEXE   .EXE     -               -              -              -          -



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