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Implementation of RFC1951 in OCaml


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This package provide an implementation of RFC1951 in OCaml.

We provide a pure non-blocking interface to inflate and deflate data flow.

Published: 09 Oct 2019


Decompress - Pure OCaml implementation of Zlib

Decompress is a pure implementation of zlib. The goal is to create an available package for Mirage OS which implements zlib in OCaml (instead a C code).

We respect the interface of zlib and all flush mode is available (experimental):

  1. sync performs the following tasks:

  • if there is some buffered but not yet compressed data, then this data is compressed into one or several blocks

  • a new type 0 block with empty contents is appended

  1. partial is a deprecated flush method

  2. full is a variant of the sync method flush. The difference lies in the LZ77 step. The full flush is a sync flush where the dictionary is emptied: after a full flush, the deflater will refrain from using copy symbols which reference sequences appearing before the flush point.

The interface proposed is a non-blocking interface.

Home page:

Contact: Romain Calascibetta <romain.calascibet>


Decompress can be installed with opam:

opam install decompress

Checkseum & Optint, linking with Decompress

From benchmarks, the biggest bottleneck of decompress seems to be the computation of the ADLER-32. From this acknowledge, we decide to externalize this part of decompress to 2 sub-libraries: checkseum and optint.

checkseum (and, by this way, decompress) uses a trick about linking and let the end-user to choose which implementation he wants. We provide 2 implementations: checkseum.c and checkseum.ocaml. Currently, decompress does not choose an implementation.

When you want to use decompress, you must choose which implementation you want and link with decompress and checkseum.{c,ocaml}.

NOTE: currently the end-user need to put checkseum.{c,ocaml} as the first dependency before decompress in dune file, like:

 ((name ...)
  (libraries (checkseum.c decompress))))

Otherwise, the end-user should have a linking error (see #47).

RFC 1951

This distribution provides an implementation of zlib and an implementation of RFC 1951 - which is a subset of zlib. You can use both if you link with decompress - or just use the RFC 1951 implementation by the rfc1951 package.

The biggest difference between zlib and rfc1951 is:

  • no header

  • input/output is not aligned on byte

  • no checksum

Sample programs

A good example is provided in bin/ with the signature:

val compress   : ?level:int -> string -> string
val uncompress : string -> string

And you can compile this program with:

ocamlbuild -use-ocamlfind -package checkseum.c,decompress bin/easy.native

But keep in your mind, it's an easy example and it's not optimized for a productive environment - so, don't copy/paste and think.

Build Requirements

  • OCaml >= 4.03.0

  • base-bytes meta-package

  • Bigarray module (provided by the standard library of OCaml)

  • dune to build the project

  • checkseum & optint to compute ADLER-32 checksum

Dev Dependencies (3)

  1. alcotest with-test
  2. re with-test & >= "1.7.2"
  3. camlzip with-test

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