Updated: June 10th, 2009
* Lightning Fast is a blatant exaggeration. Got you to look though, didn't it?
Whether you are a web developer or a self-hosting business owner, the only excuse for not activating compression capabilities of your web server can be that you didn't know about it. And now that you are reading this, there is no excuse left at all.
And here it is after compression:
As you see, the difference is quite substantial – almost 30% savings.
This may not be very obvious but this is the command line to list files within a tar.gz archive on the fly:
tar -tzf file.tar.gz
-t: lists files
-f: instructs tar to deal with the following filename (file.tar.gz)
-z: informs tar that the it's dealing with a gzip file (-j if it's bzip2)…