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From: Jonathan Turkanis (technews_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-09-13 15:16:32

"Ben Hutchings" <ben.hutchings_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> George M. Garner Jr. <gmgarner_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> [Jonathan Turkanis wrote:]
> > > Dumb question - is Winzip supposed to be able to read the zlib
> > > format? I usually use it to decompress .zip or tar.gz archives.
> >
> > Well I made that assumption because Winzip and XP both maintain
> > associations for the .z extension. This is from the Winzip help
> > file:
> <snip>
> The ".Z" extension is conventionally used for files compressed with
> the Unix "compress" program, which uses LZW. zlib and gzip were
> created to provide a patent-free alternative to it. They use the
> same compression algorithm as PKZip and WinZip but do not use the
> PKZip file format. I doubt that WinZip has any support for raw

Thanks. I guess my use of the .z extension in the zlib example is misleading.
Maybe I'll leave off the extension altogether.


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