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Shrink needed (Posted on 2006-10-18) Difficulty: 2 of 5
A file compressor is great for shrinking stored files, but it depresses me whenever I see a file grow instead of shrink. So what I am looking for is a file compression algorithm that never inflates any files, although it is allowed that some files (not all of course!) have the same length after "compression". Ideally it should work on files of all sizes, but I would be satisfied with a compressor that operates only on files larger than 1MB. Can you provide such an algorithm? No programming knowledge is required for this problem.

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Some Thoughts re(3): No impossibility -- doubt it | Comment 25 of 26 |
(In reply to re(2): No impossibility -- doubt it by vswitchs)

> I took the sentence "I would be satisfied with a compressor that operates only on files larger than 1MB" literally.  Then the compressor would never encounter files under that size.

Yes, the ZIPPER only gets files over 1Mb, but the UNZIPPER can get a smaller file.

  Posted by Federico Kereki on 2006-10-23 08:17:13

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