10x compression factor

Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von Bidder avbidder at fortytwo.ch
Tue Feb 10 19:30:47 CET 2004

In my experience, english text compresses with rates from 6:1 to 15:1 - 
depending on formatting (spaces etc), and of course repetitive text parts 
(technical docs often contain a lot duplicated content; novels probably 

On Tuesday 10 February 2004 17.32, Steve Butler wrote:

> I just generated a 1 Gbyte file that contains only spaces (no newline; no
> <CR><LF>).  That's 1,073,741,824 spaces (all in a row).

For silly compression rates, try bzip2 - IIRC it's something like 1000 times 
better than gzip :-)

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