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NAME

       zlib - compression/decompression library

SYNOPSIS

       [see zlib.h for full description]

DESCRIPTION

       The  zlib  library  is a general purpose data compression library.  The
       code is thread safe, assuming that the standard library functions  used
       are  thread  safe, such as memory allocation routines.  It provides in-
       memory compression and  decompression  functions,  including  integrity
       checks  of the uncompressed data.  This version of the library supports
       only one compression method (deflation) but  other  algorithms  may  be
       added later with the same stream interface.

       Compression  can  be  done  in  a  single step if the buffers are large
       enough or can be done by repeated calls of  the  compression  function.
       In  the  latter  case,  the  application must provide more input and/or
       consume the output (providing more output space) before each call.

       The library also supports reading and writing files  in  gzip(1)  (.gz)
       format with an interface similar to that of stdio.

       The  library  does  not install any signal handler.  The decoder checks
       the consistency of the compressed data, so  the  library  should  never
       crash even in the case of corrupted input.

       All  functions  of  the  compression library are documented in the file
       zlib.h.  The distribution  source  includes  examples  of  use  of  the
       library  in  the  files  test/example.c and test/minigzip.c, as well as
       other examples in the examples/ directory.

       Changes to this version are  documented  in  the  file  ChangeLog  that
       accompanies the source.

       zlib is available in Java using the java.util.zip package:

              http://java.sun.com/developer/technicalArticles/Programming/compression/

       A Perl interface to zlib, written by Paul Marquess (pmqs@cpan.org),  is
       available   at   CPAN   (Comprehensive  Perl  Archive  Network)  sites,
       including:

              http://search.cpan.org/~pmqs/IO-Compress-Zlib/

       A Python interface to zlib, written by A.M. Kuchling  (amk@magnet.com),
       is available in Python 1.5 and later versions:

              http://docs.python.org/library/zlib.php

       zlib is built into tcl:

              http://wiki.tcl.tk/4610

       An experimental package to read and write files in .zip format, written
       on top of zlib by Gilles Vollant (info@winimage.com), is available at:

              http://www.winimage.com/zLibDll/minizip.php  and  also  in  the
              contrib/minizip directory of the main zlib source distribution.

SEE ALSO

       The zlib web site can be found at:

              http://zlib.net/

       The  data  format used by the zlib library is described by RFC (Request
       for Comments) 1950 to 1952 in the files:

              http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1950  (for  the  zlib  header  and
              trailer format)
              http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1951  (for  the deflate compressed
              data format)
              http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1952  (for  the  gzip  header  and
              trailer format)

       Mark Nelson wrote an article about zlib for the Jan. 1997 issue of  Dr.
       Dobb's Journal; a copy of the article is available at:

              http://marknelson.us/1997/01/01/zlib-engine/

REPORTING PROBLEMS

       Before reporting a problem, please check the zlib web  site  to  verify
       that  you have the latest version of zlib; otherwise, obtain the latest
       version and see if the problem still exists.  Please read the zlib  FAQ
       at:

              http://zlib.net/zlib_faq.php

       before   asking   for   help.    Send   questions  and/or  comments  to
       zlib@gzip.org, or (for the  Windows  DLL  version)  to  Gilles  Vollant
       (info@winimage.com).

AUTHORS

       Version 1.2.8 Copyright (C) 1995-2013 Jean-loup Gailly (jloup@gzip.org)
       and Mark Adler (madler@alumni.caltech.edu).

       This software is provided  "as-is,"  without  any  express  or  implied
       warranty.   In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages
       arising from the use of this software.  See the distribution  directory
       with  respect  to  requirements  governing redistribution.  The deflate
       format used by zlib was defined by Phil Katz.   The  deflate  and  zlib
       specifications  were  written  by  L. Peter Deutsch.  Thanks to all the
       people who reported problems  and  suggested  various  improvements  in
       zlib; who are too numerous to cite here.

       UNIX manual page by R. P. C. Rodgers, U.S. National Library of Medicine
       (rodgers@nlm.nih.gov).

                                  28 Apr 2013                          ZLIB(3)



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