archive : Java Glossary

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archive
In the context of ZIP files, archiving refers to collecting several files together in one carrier *.ZIP file, the way class.zip collects various classes in one file. Archiving does not necessarily imply compression, but rather often connotes uncompressed.

The term also applies to any large inactive collection of information, usually in compressed form, for example the Oracle Archives of all obsolete versions of the JDK (Java Development Kit) and JRE (Java Runtime Environment).

It can also mean just a collection of files, usually open to the public to download.

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