If you are looking to compress data, use zstd over gzip. Same 5G file:

$ time gzip sql.db
real 1m35.384s

$ time zstd sql.db
real 0m10.655s

807M Aug 20 14:08 sql.db.gz
713M Aug 20 14:08 sql.db.zst

Better compression and significantly faster over gzip.

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