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XZ Utils for Debian
1. History
2. LZMA Utils compatibility
3. Configuration
XZ Utils should have been called LZMA Utils 4.42, but it came too late.
The old .lzma file format has some problems, worst of which is the lack
of magic number, but it gets enough use to still need to be supported.
See /usr/share/doc/xz-utils/history.txt.gz for the full story.
LZMA Utils compatibility
To support old scripts and muscle memory, XZ Utils can emulate the
legacy LZMA Utils interface. To use this feature, you can install some
subset of the following list of symbolic links to your $PATH.
lzma, unlzma, lzcat -> /usr/bin/xz
lzgrep, lzegrep, lzfgrep -> /usr/bin/xzgrep
lzless -> /usr/bin/xzless
lzmore -> /usr/bin/xzmore
lzdiff, lzcmp -> /usr/bin/xzdiff
If you would like XZ Utils to provide these commands by default for
all users, use "update-alternatives --config lzma".
The memory usage of xz can vary from a few hundred kilobytes to several
gigabytes depending on the compression settings. If you would like xz
to automatically scale down its settings while compressing to decrease
memory usage, you can declare so by adding an option like the
following to your environment (e.g., in ~/.profile):
See the "Memory usage" section of the xz(1) manual page for details.
-- Jonathan Nieder <> Sun, 27 Jan 2019 15:32:33 -0800