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There are numerous compression tools available to Linux and Database administrators including gzip, xz, bzip2, and pigz and others. Gzip has been the classic go to for compression, however there has been a move to xz over gzip due to improvements in compression. This quick guide will show the differences in compression and time to complete specifically when dealing with mysqldump. When dumping databases, it is often a balance between total achieved compression and time it take to complete, to keep lock time to a minimal.