Dear freshmeat.net subscriber,
barsnick just announced version 1.2.5 of zlib on freshmeat.net.
The changes are as follows:
Bugs were fixed in adler32_combine(), compressBound(), and deflateBound(). The
gz functions were replaced with faster versions and gzbuffer(), gzoffset(),
gzclose_r(), and gzclose_w() functions were added. Faster Z_HUFFMAN_ONLY and
Z_RLE compression was introduced for images and other specialized compression. A
Z_BLOCK flush option was added to deflate() along with a Z_TREES flush option
for inflate(). inflateReset2() and inflateMark() functions were added, the
latter to aid in random access applications. Many portability improvements were
made. Examples and contribs were updated.
zlib is designed to be a free, general-purpose, legally unencumbered, lossless
data-compression library for use on virtually any computer hardware and
operating system. The zlib data format is itself portable across platforms.
Unlike the LZW compression method used in Unix compress(1), the compression
method currently used in zlib essentially never expands the data. (LZW can
double or triple the file size in extreme cases.) zlib's memory footprint is
also independent of the input data and can be reduced, if necessary, at some
cost in compression.
Detailed history and release notes are available here:
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