CRUSH

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File Format
Name CRUSH
Ontology
Extension(s) .cru, .cri, special
Released 1994

CRUSH is an archiving utility for DOS. It was developed by Jeff Rollason and PocketWare, and distributed as shareware.

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Disambiguation

Not related to the "crushed" compression used by PAK (ARC extension).

Discussion

CRUSH writes files to its native uncompressed .CRU archive format, then uses an external compression program, such as PKZIP, to compress the CRU file. The theory is that a single large file usually compresses better than multiple small files. CRUSH tries to order the files so as to optimize the compression ratio.

CRUSH can optionally create and use an index file (.CRI), outside of the compressed archive.

Identification

CRU and CRI files start with ASCII "CRUSH v", and apparently have 0x0a 0x1a 0x00 at offset 10.

The 4-byte integer at offset 22 has value 26 (1a 00 00 00) for CRI, or a generally larger value for CRU.

Specifications

  • CRUSH18.ZIP → MANUAL.DOC, "Technical Details" section

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