Zorba the Hutt (zorbathut) wrote,
Zorba the Hutt

well, so much for that project

I was playing around with the idea of setting up a Windows port of bzip2 with a pretty GUI and everything. bzip2 was (theoretically) the latest-and-greatest compression algorithm, capable of providing smaller files than any other major algorithm and so on and so forth. And, yes, it seemed pretty clear to me that it was smaller than .tar.gz and .zip - how wonderful, it really is better!

A few tests confirmed this. A test file compressed with gzip came out to 318kb. .zip provided 308kb. bz2 did 189kb. w00t!

I tried rar. 142kb.

Compressing a somewhat-random sample from my hard drive yields 301mb for RAR and 312mb for bz2.

So much for bz2.

. . . actually, I've got a few ideas that might be able to give significantly better compression than the Linux utility. But maybe I'll play with it more later. :P
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