GZEXE(1) General Commands Manual GZEXE(1)
gzexe – create auto-decompressing executables
gzexe [-d] file ...
The gzexe utility uses gzip(1) to compress executables, producing
executables that decompress on-the-fly when executed. This saves disk
space, at the cost of slower execution times. The original executables are
saved by copying each of them to a file with the same name with a ‘~’
suffix appended. After verifying that the compressed executables work as
expected, the backup files can be removed.
The options are as follows:
-d Decompress executables previously compressed by gzexe.
The gzexe program refuses to compress non-regular or non-executable files,
files with a setuid or setgid bit set, files that are already compressed
using gzexe or programs it needs to perform on-the-fly decompression:
sh(1), mktemp(1), rm(1), echo(1), tail(1), gzip(1), and chmod(1).
The gzexe utility replaces files by overwriting them with the generated
compressed executable. To be able to do this, it is required that the
original files are writable.
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