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Lzd is a simplified decompressor for the lzip format with an educational
purpose. Studying its source is a good first step to understand how lzip
works. It is not safe to use lzd for any real work.
The source of lzd is used in the lzip manual as a reference decompressor
in the description of the lzip file format. Reading the lzip manual will
help you understand the source.
Lzd decompresses from standard input to standard output. Lzd will
correctly decompress the concatenation of two or more compressed files.
The result is the concatenation of the corresponding decompressed data.
Integrity of such concatenated compressed input is also verified.
The lzip file format is designed for data sharing and long-term
archiving, taking into account both data integrity and decoder
* The lzip format provides very safe integrity checking and some data
recovery means. The lziprecover program can repair bit-flip errors
(one of the most common forms of data corruption) in lzip files,
and provides data recovery capabilities, including error-checked
merging of damaged copies of a file.
* The lzip format is as simple as possible (but not simpler). The
lzip manual provides the source code of a simple decompressor along
with a detailed explanation of how it works, so that with the only
help of the lzip manual it would be possible for a digital
archaeologist to extract the data from a lzip file long after
quantum computers eventually render LZMA obsolete.
* Additionally the lzip reference implementation is copylefted, which
guarantees that it will remain free forever.
A nice feature of the lzip format is that a corrupt byte is easier to
repair the nearer it is from the beginning of the file. Therefore, with
the help of lziprecover, losing an entire archive just because of a
corrupt byte near the beginning is a thing of the past.
The ideas embodied in lzd are due to (at least) the following people:
Abraham Lempel and Jacob Ziv (for the LZ algorithm), Andrey Markov (for
the definition of Markov chains), G.N.N. Martin (for the definition of
range encoding), and Igor Pavlov (for putting all the above together in
Copyright (C) 2013-2017 Antonio Diaz Diaz.
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