1.3.5 // compress levels

David Shaw dshaw at jabberwocky.com
Tue Mar 30 20:33:10 CEST 2004

On Tue, Mar 30, 2004 at 11:01:24AM -0500, Atom 'Smasher' wrote:
> i'm not subscribed to this list, so please CC me on any responses.
> the man page that came with GnuPG v1.3.5 says that the default
> compress-level for bzip2 is 6. is that what GnuPG uses as a default
> compress level? the "normal" default for bzip2 is 9.
> the man page is confusing to me, because i'm not sure if gpg defaults to 6
> with bzip2, or if the man page incorrectly assumes that bzip2 normally
> uses a default compress level 6.

bzip2 is the name of a program and an algorithm.  The bzip2 program
defaults to 9 when compressing, but GnuPG doesn't use the bzip2
program.  The algorithm doesn't default to anything.

As the manual says, GnuPG uses 6 for bzip2 by default.


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