Decompressing gzip over FTP

Christian Heimes lists at
Sat Aug 22 03:40:58 CEST 2009

SeanMon schrieb:
> Is there a way to decompress a large (2GB) gzipped file being
> retrieved over FTP on the fly?
> I'm using ftplib.FTP to open a connection to a remote server, and I
> have had no success connecting retrbinary to gzip without using an
> intermediate file.
> Is there any way to get a file-like object describing the remote file,
> or a way to utilize gzip's decompression without providing it a file-
> like object?

gzip is really just a file format. In order to work with compressed 
streams you should use the low level zlib module.

Have fun!


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