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H. Peter Anvin <>
June 13, 2004
User tools for zisofs:
The user tools for zisofs come in two parts: a utility "mkzftree" and
mkisofs, which is part of the cdrtools package. cdrtools 1.11a20 or
later is required.
First create a directory tree containing compressed files:
mkzftree input_dir compressed_dir
mkzftree will not overwrite an existing directory; you may want to "rm
-rf" the directory tree if you are doing this from a script:
Second, invoke the patched mkisofs with the -z option:
mkisofs -z -R [other options] -o compressed.iso compressed_dir
IMPORTANT: you *must* enable RockRidge (-R or -r) since this is an
extensions to the RockRidge specification. Without RockRidge, -z will
have no effect.
Note that if there are files you do not want compressed (for example,
files involved in booting, or README files you want to be readable
under all circumstances) you can simply put them in a separate tree
and not run mkzftree on that tree.
mkzftree will not compress files that end up larger when compressed;
if you want it to compress the files anyway, you can give the -f
option to mkzftree.
mkzftree also accepts a -u option (uncompress), which can be used to
convert a compressed tree back to normal form. This can be used to
read a zisofs CD-ROM on a machine without zisofs kernel support.
This version of mkzftree supports a -p option (parallelize.)
Specifying -p and a parallelism (e.g. -p4) allows files (up to the
number specified) to compress in parallel. Depending on your setup
and your data set size, this might speed things up if you are not
completely I/O bound. Use -p0 to completely disable parallel
execution; this is the default.