best archiver?

Nerius Landys nlandys at
Fri Mar 13 12:28:19 PDT 2009

>        guys, this is for any compression experts on-list.  my main desktop is nearly
>        full.  i'm looking for the best means of compressing [mostly] audio files.
>        mp3, ogg, and .flag.  i cross backup among my servers and would like to have
>        the most reasoned approach to compressing my ~/Music/ files.  is rar/unrar
>        better that bzip -9?  is there any new/forthcoming archiver on the horizon?
>        actually, i am looking to buy/build a dual or quad system with two 1.5TB
>        drives.  but need help with that ... if anybody inn the seattle area can come
>        over and help me.  for now, i just want to be as sure as possible that my
>        files are saved on at least two systems.
>        thanks for any insights here.
>        gary
> --
>  Gary Kline  kline at  Public Service Unix
>    The 2.23a release of Jottings:

The audio files you mention will not compress well.  While .wav
(uncompressed waveform) audio compresses pretty well, MP3 files are
already highly compressed and will not compress much further.

As far as the best compressor, I vote for bzip2/bunzip2.

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