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Re: zlib compression of numeric values

by mbethke (Hermit)
on Jul 17, 2012 at 05:30 UTC ( #982134=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to zlib compression of numeric values

A couple of questions so I understand the problem:

  • Are you running out of disk/flash space or RAM? If it's the former, you could compress the entire files and when the required language has been determined, decompress one of them for use (what about a copmpressing file system?). But it sounds more like it's the latter so you want to compress individual strings.
  • Are you compiling the .po files into .mo to use them?
  • Why are you trying to compress single numbers? They won't compress anyway. If you really have to shove everything through zlib for some reason, you could use pack('I', $num) to turn it into a string, but don't do that. Maybe it's Pascal strings of length+string instead of lengthstring+'\0' you want to compress as a whole?
  • Why is there a terminating NUL that you can't include? C usually wants that, maybe the i18n library doesn't?

Edit: fixed Pascal string description

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