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Unstuffing Files

To speed download time, many program installation files (and other types of files) that you download will be compressed or stuffed. Basically, this means that special software has been used to reduce the file size and in some cases compress multiple files into a single file, creating an archive file that transfers more quickly or is easier to handle. The most common stuffing format results in an archive file with the .SIT, .ARC, or .LHA file name extensions, or in some cases .HQX or .BIN (for files that are encoded).

NOTE

If the file has the .IMG or .SMI file name extension, it’s a disk image file. You don’t have to unstuff such a file, but you do have to handle it a bit differently, as described in the next section “Running an Install Program.”


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