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lziprecover - recovers data from damaged lzip files  


lziprecover [,options/] [,files/]  


Lziprecover is a data recovery tool and decompressor for files in the lzip compressed data format (.lz). Lziprecover is able to repair slightly damaged files, produce a correct file by merging the good parts of two or more damaged copies, reproduce a missing (zeroed) sector using a reference file, extract data from damaged files, decompress files, and test integrity of files.

Lziprecover can repair perfectly most files with small errors (up to one single-byte error per member), without the need of any extra redundance at all. Losing an entire archive just because of a corrupt byte near the beginning is a thing of the past.

Lziprecover can remove the damaged members from multimember files, for example multimember tar.lz archives.

Lziprecover provides random access to the data in multimember files; it only decompresses the members containing the desired data.

Lziprecover facilitates the management of metadata stored as trailing data in lzip files.

Lziprecover is not a replacement for regular backups, but a last line of defense for the case where the backups are also damaged.  


-h, --help
display this help and exit
-V, --version
output version information and exit
-a, --trailing-error
exit with error status if trailing data
-A, --alone-to-lz
convert lzma-alone files to lzip format
-c, --stdout
write to standard output, keep input files
-d, --decompress
-D, --range-decompress=<n-m>
decompress a range of bytes to stdout
-e, --reproduce
try to reproduce a zeroed sector in file
reproduce one level, all, or match length
name of lzip executable for --reproduce
reference file for --reproduce
-f, --force
overwrite existing output files
-i, --ignore-errors
ignore some errors in -d, -D, -l, -t, --dump
-k, --keep
keep (don't delete) input files
-l, --list
print (un)compressed file sizes
-m, --merge
correct errors in file using several copies
-o, --output=<file>
place the output into <file>
-q, --quiet
suppress all messages
-R, --repair
try to repair a small error in file
-s, --split
split multimember file in single-member files
-t, --test
test compressed file integrity
-v, --verbose
be verbose (a 2nd -v gives more)
allow trailing data seeming corrupt header
dump members listed/damaged, tdata to stdout
remove members, tdata from files in place
copy files to stdout stripping members given

If no file names are given, or if a file is '-', lziprecover decompresses from standard input to standard output. Numbers may be followed by a multiplier: k = kB = 10^3 = 1000, Ki = KiB = 2^10 = 1024, M = 10^6, Mi = 2^20, G = 10^9, Gi = 2^30, etc...

To extract all the files from archive 'foo.tar.lz', use the commands 'tar -xf foo.tar.lz' or 'lziprecover -cd foo.tar.lz | tar -xf -'.

Exit status: 0 for a normal exit, 1 for environmental problems (file not found, invalid flags, I/O errors, etc), 2 to indicate a corrupt or invalid input file, 3 for an internal consistency error (eg, bug) which caused lziprecover to panic.  


Report bugs to lzip-bug@nongnu.org
Lziprecover home page: http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/lziprecover.html  


Copyright © 2021 Antonio Diaz Diaz. License GPLv2+: GNU GPL version 2 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.  


The full documentation for lziprecover is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and lziprecover programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info lziprecover

should give you access to the complete manual.