zstd compression

John Skopis john at skopis.com
Sun Apr 8 17:02:48 CEST 2018

I am admittedly unfamiliar with the history here. Can I ask what made bzip2

>From my uniformed vantage point, it seems that a better algorithm is
available so we should be using it.

I would like to understand why what we have now is "good enough". Is there
some other reason we can't use a different library?

I am not interested in fighting with an IETF WG but I would like to
understand their viewpoint.


On Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 10:33 AM, Werner Koch <wk at gnupg.org> wrote:

> On Sat,  7 Apr 2018 12:14, john at skopis.com said:
> > I guess the openpgp spec should be updated to include zstd as a
> compression
> > method.
> It is very unlikely that new compression algorithms will be added to
> OpenPGP.  Even the addition bzip2 algorithm was highly controversial and
> later requests for other algorithms were all turned down.
> You may use the experimental range of algorithms for zstd but that is
> really experimental and should not be used for any messages which need
> to be processed again in the future.
> Salam-Shalom,
>    Werner
> --
> #  Please read:  Daniel Ellsberg - The Doomsday Machine  #
> Die Gedanken sind frei.  Ausnahmen regelt ein Bundesgesetz.
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