compress string of data

Josiah Carlson jcarlson at nospam.uci.edu
Mon Jan 26 16:21:17 CET 2004


Piet van Oostrum wrote:

>>>>>>Gerrit Holl <gerrit at nl.linux.org> (GH) wrote:
> 
> 
>>>How i could compress string of data?.
>>>
>>>>>import zlib
>>>>>zlib.compress("Hello, world")
> 
> GH> 'x\x9c\xf3H\xcd\xc9\xc9\xd7Q(\xcf/\xcaI\x01\x00\x1b\xd4\x04i'
> 
> GH> http://www.python.org/doc/current/lib/module-zlib.html
> 
> Waw, that compresses it from 12 bytes to 20 bytes :=)


There is no such thing as universal compression - some compressions 
result in expansion.

  - Josiah



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