Zipmt is a command line utility that speeds up bzip2 compression by dividing the file into multiple parts and compressing them independently in separate threads and then combining them back into a single .bz2 file. It depends on glib and libbz2 and is written in C. Features:Compresses files much faster then bzip2 with similar compression rates. Uses multiple threads for multi-CPU efficiency gains. Handy -v (verbose) mode lets you see progress per thread. Can compress large (> 2GB) files. Can compress from an input stream for pipeline processing. Limitations:Can not decompress (use bunzip2 for that). Performance:See for yourself. It's easy to see the difference on a large file: /home/drusifer> ls -lh bigfile.txt -rw-r--r-- 1 drusifer drusifer 783M Mar 23 14:09 bigfile.txtFirst I'll use bzip2 to compress it: /home/drusifer> time bzip2 bigfile.txt 477.820u 1.080s 8:06.11 98.5% 0+0k 0+0io 102pf+0w /home/drusifer> ls -lh bigfile.txt.bz2 -rw-r--r-- 1 drusifer drusifer 59M Mar 23 14:09 bigfile.txt.bz2That took just over eight minutes and compressed my file to 59M. Now I'll try zipmt. My machine has four CPUs so I'll tell it to use four threads via the -t option: /home/drusifer> time zipmt -t 4 bigfile.txt.bz2 0.000u 0.400s 1:57.27 0.3% 0+0k 0+0io 152pf+0w /home/drusifer> ls -lh bigfile.txt.bz2 -rw-r--r-- 1 drusifer drusifer 59M Mar 23 14:26 bigfile.txt.bz2Zipmt only took two minutes and achieved the same compression ratio as bzip2! It's four times faster then regular bzip2 because it's using four CPUs instead of just one!