10x compression factor

Steve Butler sbutler at fchn.com
Tue Feb 10 11:15:48 CET 2004

Yes, David just presented the numbers.  And folks wonder why the software
doesn't compress _after_ encryption <<sigh>>.

As for novels, some I've (started to) read seemed a lot more repetitive than
technical specs.  Perhaps checking the compression ratio should be part of
the test for good novels. --tongue in cheek--

-----Original Message-----
From: Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von Bidder [mailto:avbidder at fortytwo.ch]
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2004 10:31 AM
To: gnupg-users at gnupg.org
Subject: Re: 10x compression factor

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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