Re: Automatic (de)compression

Alan Cox (
Sat, 7 Mar 1998 17:37:15 +0000 (GMT)

> I thought this was a kernel related problem:

Why ?

> We use a lot of big datafiles, and normally they are compressed. The
> problem is that not all programs we use are able to coop with compressed
> files: so we have to either rewrite the program; which is not always
> possible, or decompress the file, which demands huge amounts of diskspace
> (a lot of our data files are ascii), and costing a lot of extra time.
> The question is: is it possible to write a module which automatically
> (de)compresses certain files, or did someone already wrote a solution to
> that problem?

See zlibc. Its a C library problem more than anything else. There are
ext2 compression patches too.

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