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high-quality block-sorting file compressor - documentation

bzip2 is a freely available, patent free, high-quality data compressor. It typically compresses files to within 10% to 15% of the best available techniques, whilst being around twice as fast at compression and six times faster at decompression.

This package contains the bzip2 user manual.

Package version:1.0.5-4


bzip2 (1.0.5-4) unstable; urgency=low

  [Jorge Ernesto Guevara Cuenca]
  * New co-maintainer. Jorge Ernesto Guevara Cuenca <> 
  * Add -h and --help options to the manual page (Closes: 517257)

  [Santiago Ruano Rincón]
  * Move DEBIAN/md5sums to a macro and rewrite to be more robust using find | 
    xargs and to drop the broken chmod calls. Thank to Loïc Minier from


This package (bzip2) was created by Philippe Troin <>.
It is currently mantained by Anibal Monsalve Salazar <>.
This package is Copyright (C) 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Philippe Troin
<> and Copyright (C) 2004-2007 Anibal Monsalve Salazar.
It is licensed under the GNU General Public License which can be
found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.

It was downloa

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