File Size

Ryan Malayter
Thu Feb 7 19:08:01 2002

Yes, there is compression. Read the OpenPGP standard for more info:

-----Original Message-----
From: R. Bradley Tilley [] 
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 11:53 AM
Subject: File Size

Hello GNU Freedom loving people of the world!

This is not a problem, only a question:

Why is the output from GNUpg smaller than the input? For example, I have a 
files that is 36,232,576 bytes before encryption, but is only 34,463,967 
bytes after encryption. It seems that encryption would make it a bit bigger,

but it does just the opposite.

Is there some sort of compression that takes place during the process? 

I run GNU/Linux (Kernel-2.4.9) with gcc 2.9.5-3 with GNUpg 1.0.6 with GPA 

Keep up the great work!!!


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