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1. Introduction

bzip2 is a great algorithm for compressing data. It generally makes files that are 60-70% smaller than their gzip'd counterparts. This document will take you through a few common applications for bzip2.

Future versions of this document will have applications of libbzip2, the bzip2 C library which bzip2's author, Julian Seward has kindly written.

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bzip2 manual:  includes low-level information about the library, and can be found on the bzip2 website at

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