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Zip is a utility that compresses text files. It is often coupled with unzip, which extracts the compressed files from an archive (.zip file). GNU have an open source version called gzip / gunzip. Often, .zip files are sent via email as a poor man's FTP. IBM i does not provide a native zip / unzip utility, so we typically install a PASE version.

Java can be used in a pinch because .jar files are actually an archive (.zip file) of the class files. Use jar xvf to extract.

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