Lzip is an open source and free command-line program, a lossless data compressor based on the LZMA (Lempel–Ziv–Markov chain) compression algorithm, which features a command-line interface similar to the one of bzip2 utility, as well as very safe integrity checking.
Compresses data much better than the bzip2 utility
It is capable of decompressing almost as fast as the gzip utility, as well as to compresses data much better than the bzip2 tool, making it well suited for software distribution. The software can preserve the original permissions, modification date, and, when possible, ownership of the compressed files.
Lzip is designed from the ground up to replace every file specified in the command-line with a compressed version of the respective file, renaming it to "original_name.lz," where ‘original_name’ is the name of the program.
Default command-line options include support for setting the member size limit, support for decompressing data, support for overwriting existing output files, the ability to force recompression of compressed files, and support for setting the dictionary size limit.
Additionally, the user will be able to add a command-line option if he or she wants to keep the input files after compression, to store the output into a specified file, to set the volume size limit, to test the integrity of the compressed file, as well as to set the compression level.
Getting started with Lzip
To install and use the Lzip program under a Linux kernel-based operating system, you must first download the latest version of the software from its official website or via Softpedia, where it is distributed as a source tarball in the LZ file format.
Save the archive somewhere on your computer, preferably your Home directory, extract the archive’s contents using an archive manager utility that supports the LZ format, open a terminal emulator app and navigate to the location of the extracted archive files (e.g. cd /home/softpedia/lzip-1.16).
Then, run the ‘./configure && make’ command to configure (and eventually optimize) and compile the program for your operating system and hardware architecture (64-bit and 32-bit platforms are supported at the moment).
Install the Lzip program system wide by running the ‘make install’ command as root or the ‘sudo make install’ command as a user with root privileges. View the usage message and command-line options (check the section above for details) with the ‘lzip --help’ command.