Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Last week, we talked about the Apple-included "Ditto" command that lets you duplicate files on your Mac much more efficiently than with the standard cp command that Unix provides. This same tool that can easily duplicate files can also create file archives (zip files) that compress the data for easy transport. Let's see how we can create a Ditto archive using a few options with the command.
Compressed data has been the norm in computers forever. Crunching down files without losing fidelity and being able to decompress them later in perfect condition? Great idea. And with data caps being placed on mobile users, compressed files can only grow in importance. But RAR, ZIP, TAR, 7Z, GZIP? It's an alphabet soup awaiting you out there. You don't want to buy five different apps to handle every format, and Apple hasn’t gone native on this. So what are your options?