An utility to archive files, similar to tar but much less powerful. It is distributed under the terms of the Berkeley Software Distribution License.
You can pull the code directly from git :
Tarballs are also available at
Though you can only get tagged versions from the master branch, which may be older than what you'll have through git.
The following results were obtained with the CN options for sar. The sample consists of variety of configurations and patterns of empty files and wide directory trees.
Archive size :
|Linux Kernel 3.1.1||434 MiB||406 MiB||61 MiB||60 MiB|
|Large Sample||13 MiB||572 KiB||100 KiB||32 KiB|
Archive extraction time :
|Linux Kernel 3.1.1||1.00 s||0.93 s|
|Large Sample||0.85 s||0.82 s|
Archive creation time :
|Linux Kernel 3.1.1||6.64 s||6.34 s|
|Large Sample||0.14 s||0.33 s|
You can report bugs, send patches and pull request on the github page at
You can also report bugs, send patches and request for new features at my email address .
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