really slow gzip decompress, why?

redbaron ivanov.maxim at
Mon Jan 26 16:22:25 CET 2009

I've one big (6.9 Gb) .gz file with text inside it.
zcat bigfile.gz > /dev/null does the job in 4 minutes 50 seconds

python code have been doing the same job for 25 minutes and still
doesn't finish =( the code is simpliest I could ever imagine:

def main():
  fh =[1])

As far as I understand most of the time it executes C code, so pythons
no overhead should be noticible. Why is it so slow?

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