10x compression factor

Malte Gell malte.gell at gmx.de
Wed Feb 11 03:19:56 CET 2004

Am Dienstag, 10. Februar 2004 19:29 schrieb David Shaw:
> On Tue, Feb 10, 2004 at 08:32:24AM -0800, Steve Butler wrote:
> > So, 10:1 compression just means that the text files had more random
> > text than a string of spaces.  But it wasn't completely random. 
> > Most text files will fail most any statistical test for randomness.
> >  Ergo, they compress really well!

> If you want to talk about good compression ratios, remember that
> GnuPG 1.3 supports bzip2 compression.

What about bzip2 support already available with GnuPG 1.2.4? After 
compiling gpg 1.2.4 with it and using Z3 in a key --list-packets 
confirms that bzip2 was used when I tested it... or is it in such an 
experimental stage in gpg 1.2.4 that one shouldn't use it?


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