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.lzma are highly compressed archive files. They are typically both made and unpacked using tar with the a switch.

Distribution support

Not all GNU/Linux distributions ship tar with .lzma support.

It is therefore better to send your friends .tar.bz2 archives unless you are sure they use a distribution which ships tar with lzma support.


They are typically made using a command such as:

tar cfva archive.tar.lzma folder1/ folder2/

And .lzma can be unpacked with:

tar xfva archive.tar.lzma

OR if you do not have a patched tar:

lzma -cd archive.tar.lzma|tar -x