[BitTorrent] Re: bencoding 0:

Olaf van der Spek OvdSpek at LIACS.NL
Mon Nov 22 07:41:01 EST 2004


>>From: "Olaf van der Spek" <OvdSpek at LIACS.NL>
>> > Elliott Mitchell wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Could be worthwhile to specify that torrent files may be optionally
>> >> compressed using the libz style compression. Though this isn't a large
>> >> gain.
>> >>
>> >
>> > I think that we can agree that torrent files need not be compressed for
>> > storage, only for transfer. HTTP already supports libz compression.
>>
>> It's called gzip compression, not libz compression.
>> And HTTP isn't the only storage mechanism.
>
> Both refer to the same flavor of LZ77+Huffman. The RFC would be a better
> pointer, but I didn't have the number memorized. As we're refering to the
> compression, not the file format, "libz" seemed more appropriate.

A response body is actually in the gzip format and the header to indicate 
that is: content-encoding: gzip. 



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