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zlib(3) Erlang Module Definition zlib(3)

zlib - zlib compression interface.

This module provides an API for the zlib library (www.zlib.net). It is used to compress and decompress data. The data format is described by RFC 1950, RFC 1951, and RFC 1952.
A typical (compress) usage is as follows:
Z = zlib:open(), ok = zlib:deflateInit(Z,default),
Compress = fun(end_of_data, _Cont) -> []; (Data, Cont) -> [zlib:deflate(Z, Data)|Cont(Read(),Cont)] end, Compressed = Compress(Read(),Compress), Last = zlib:deflate(Z, [], finish), ok = zlib:deflateEnd(Z), zlib:close(Z), list_to_binary([Compressed|Last])
In all functions errors, {'EXIT',{Reason,Backtrace}}, can be thrown, where Reason describes the error.
Typical Reasonss:
badarg:
Bad argument.
data_error:
The data contains errors.
stream_error:
Inconsistent stream state.
einval:
Bad value or wrong function called.
{need_dictionary,Adler32}:
See inflate/2.

zstream() = port()
 
A zlib stream, see open/0.
zlevel() =
 
none | default | best_compression | best_speed | 0..9
 
zmemlevel() = 1..9
 
zmethod() = deflated
 
zstrategy() = default | filtered | huffman_only | rle
 
zwindowbits() = -15..-8 | 8..47
 
Normally in the range -15..-8 | 8..15.

adler32(Z, Data) -> CheckSum
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Data = iodata()
 
CheckSum = integer()
 
Calculates the Adler-32 checksum for Data.
adler32(Z, PrevAdler, Data) -> CheckSum
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
PrevAdler = integer()
 
Data = iodata()
 
CheckSum = integer()
 
Updates a running Adler-32 checksum for Data. If Data is the empty binary or the empty iolist, this function returns the required initial value for the checksum.
Example:
Crc = lists:foldl(fun(Data,Crc0) -> zlib:adler32(Z, Crc0, Data), end, zlib:adler32(Z,<< >>), Datas)
adler32_combine(Z, Adler1, Adler2, Size2) -> Adler
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Adler = Adler1 = Adler2 = Size2 = integer()
 
Combines two Adler-32 checksums into one. For two binaries or iolists, Data1 and Data2 with sizes of Size1 and Size2, with Adler-32 checksums Adler1 and Adler2.
This function returns the Adler checksum of [Data1,Data2], requiring only Adler1, Adler2, and Size2.
close(Z) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Closes the stream referenced by Z.
compress(Data) -> Compressed
 
 
Types:
Data = iodata()
 
Compressed = binary()
 
Compresses data with zlib headers and checksum.
crc32(Z) -> CRC
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
CRC = integer()
 
Gets the current calculated CRC checksum.
crc32(Z, Data) -> CRC
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Data = iodata()
 
CRC = integer()
 
Calculates the CRC checksum for Data.
crc32(Z, PrevCRC, Data) -> CRC
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
PrevCRC = integer()
 
Data = iodata()
 
CRC = integer()
 
Updates a running CRC checksum for Data. If Data is the empty binary or the empty iolist, this function returns the required initial value for the CRC.
Example:
Crc = lists:foldl(fun(Data,Crc0) -> zlib:crc32(Z, Crc0, Data), end, zlib:crc32(Z,<< >>), Datas)
crc32_combine(Z, CRC1, CRC2, Size2) -> CRC
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
CRC = CRC1 = CRC2 = Size2 = integer()
 
Combines two CRC checksums into one. For two binaries or iolists, Data1 and Data2 with sizes of Size1 and Size2, with CRC checksums CRC1 and CRC2.
This function returns the CRC checksum of [Data1,Data2], requiring only CRC1, CRC2, and Size2.
deflate(Z, Data) -> Compressed
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Data = iodata()
 
Compressed = iolist()
 
Same as deflate(Z, Data, none).
deflate(Z, Data, Flush) -> Compressed
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Data = iodata()
 
Flush = none | sync | full | finish
 
Compressed = iolist()
 
Compresses as much data as possible, and stops when the input buffer becomes empty. It can introduce some output latency (reading input without producing any output) except when forced to flush.
If Flush is set to sync, all pending output is flushed to the output buffer and the output is aligned on a byte boundary, so that the decompressor can get all input data available so far. Flushing can degrade compression for some compression algorithms; thus, use it only when necessary.
If Flush is set to full, all output is flushed as with sync, and the compression state is reset so that decompression can restart from this point if previous compressed data has been damaged or if random access is desired. Using full too often can seriously degrade the compression.
If Flush is set to finish, pending input is processed, pending output is flushed, and deflate/3 returns. Afterwards the only possible operations on the stream are deflateReset/1 or deflateEnd/1.
Flush can be set to finish immediately after deflateInit if all compression is to be done in one step.
Example:
zlib:deflateInit(Z), B1 = zlib:deflate(Z,Data), B2 = zlib:deflate(Z,<< >>,finish), zlib:deflateEnd(Z), list_to_binary([B1,B2])
deflateEnd(Z) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Ends the deflate session and cleans all data used. Notice that this function throws a data_error exception if the last call to deflate/3 was not called with Flush set to finish.
deflateInit(Z) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Same as zlib:deflateInit(Z, default).
deflateInit(Z, Level) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Level = zlevel()
 
Initializes a zlib stream for compression.
Level decides the compression level to be used:
*
0 (none), gives no compression
*
1 (best_speed) gives best speed
*
9 (best_compression) gives best compression
deflateInit(Z, Level, Method, WindowBits, MemLevel, Strategy) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Level = zlevel()
 
Method = zmethod()
 
WindowBits = zwindowbits()
 
MemLevel = zmemlevel()
 
Strategy = zstrategy()
 
Initiates a zlib stream for compression.
Level:
Compression level to use:
*
0 (none), gives no compression
*
1 (best_speed) gives best speed
*
9 (best_compression) gives best compression
Method:
Compression method to use, currently the only supported method is deflated.
WindowBits:
The base two logarithm of the window size (the size of the history buffer). It is to be in the range 8 through 15. Larger values result in better compression at the expense of memory usage. Defaults to 15 if deflateInit/2 is used. A negative WindowBits value suppresses the zlib header (and checksum) from the stream. Notice that the zlib source mentions this only as a undocumented feature.
Warning:
Due to a known bug in the underlying zlib library, WindowBits values 8 and -8 do not work as expected. In zlib versions before 1.2.9 values 8 and -8 are automatically changed to 9 and -9. From zlib version 1.2.9 value -8 is rejected causing zlib:deflateInit/6 to fail (8 is still changed to 9). It also seem possible that future versions of zlib may fix this bug and start accepting 8 and -8 as is.
Conclusion: Avoid values 8 and -8 unless you know your zlib version supports them.
MemLevel:
Specifies how much memory is to be allocated for the internal compression state: MemLevel=1 uses minimum memory but is slow and reduces compression ratio; MemLevel=9 uses maximum memory for optimal speed. Defaults to 8.
Strategy:
Tunes the compression algorithm. Use the following values:
*
default for normal data
*
filtered for data produced by a filter (or predictor)
*
huffman_only to force Huffman encoding only (no string match)
*
rle to limit match distances to one (run-length encoding)
Filtered data consists mostly of small values with a somewhat random distribution. In this case, the compression algorithm is tuned to compress them better. The effect of filtered is to force more Huffman coding and less string matching; it is somewhat intermediate between default and huffman_only. rle is designed to be almost as fast as huffman_only, but gives better compression for PNG image data.
Strategy affects only the compression ratio, but not the correctness of the compressed output even if it is not set appropriately.
deflateParams(Z, Level, Strategy) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Level = zlevel()
 
Strategy = zstrategy()
 
Dynamically updates the compression level and compression strategy. The interpretation of Level and Strategy is as in deflateInit/6. This can be used to switch between compression and straight copy of the input data, or to switch to a different kind of input data requiring a different strategy. If the compression level is changed, the input available so far is compressed with the old level (and can be flushed); the new level takes effect only at the next call of deflate/3.
Before the call of deflateParams, the stream state must be set as for a call of deflate/3, as the currently available input may have to be compressed and flushed.
deflateReset(Z) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Equivalent to deflateEnd/1 followed by deflateInit/1,2,6, but does not free and reallocate all the internal compression state. The stream keeps the same compression level and any other attributes.
deflateSetDictionary(Z, Dictionary) -> Adler32
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Dictionary = iodata()
 
Adler32 = integer()
 
Initializes the compression dictionary from the specified byte sequence without producing any compressed output.
This function must be called immediately after deflateInit/1,2,6 or deflateReset/1, before any call of deflate/3. The compressor and decompressor must use the same dictionary (see inflateSetDictionary/2).
The Adler checksum of the dictionary is returned.
getBufSize(Z) -> Size
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Size = integer() >= 0
 
Gets the size of the intermediate buffer.
gunzip(Data) -> Decompressed
 
 
Types:
Data = iodata()
 
Decompressed = binary()
 
Uncompresses data with gz headers and checksum.
gzip(Data) -> Compressed
 
 
Types:
Data = iodata()
 
Compressed = binary()
 
Compresses data with gz headers and checksum.
inflate(Z, Data) -> Decompressed
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Data = iodata()
 
Decompressed = iolist()
 
Decompresses as much data as possible. It can introduce some output latency (reading input without producing any output).
If a preset dictionary is needed at this point (see inflateSetDictionary/2), inflate/2 throws a {need_dictionary,Adler} exception, where Adler is the Adler-32 checksum of the dictionary chosen by the compressor.
inflateChunk(Z) -> Decompressed | {more, Decompressed}
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Decompressed = iolist()
 
Reads the next chunk of uncompressed data, initialized by inflateChunk/2.
This function is to be repeatedly called, while it returns {more, Decompressed}.
inflateChunk(Z, Data) -> Decompressed | {more, Decompressed}
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Data = iodata()
 
Decompressed = iolist()
 
Like inflate/2, but decompresses no more data than will fit in the buffer configured through setBufSize/2. Is is useful when decompressing a stream with a high compression ratio, such that a small amount of compressed input can expand up to 1000 times.
This function returns {more, Decompressed}, when there is more output available, and inflateChunk/1 is to be used to read it.
This function can introduce some output latency (reading input without producing any output).
If a preset dictionary is needed at this point (see inflateSetDictionary/2), this function throws a {need_dictionary,Adler} exception, where Adler is the Adler-32 checksum of the dictionary chosen by the compressor.
Example:
walk(Compressed, Handler) -> Z = zlib:open(), zlib:inflateInit(Z), % Limit single uncompressed chunk size to 512kb zlib:setBufSize(Z, 512 * 1024), loop(Z, Handler, zlib:inflateChunk(Z, Compressed)), zlib:inflateEnd(Z), zlib:close(Z).
loop(Z, Handler, {more, Uncompressed}) -> Handler(Uncompressed), loop(Z, Handler, zlib:inflateChunk(Z)); loop(Z, Handler, Uncompressed) -> Handler(Uncompressed).
inflateEnd(Z) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Ends the inflate session and cleans all data used. Notice that this function throws a data_error exception if no end of stream was found (meaning that not all data has been uncompressed).
inflateInit(Z) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Initializes a zlib stream for decompression.
inflateInit(Z, WindowBits) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
WindowBits = zwindowbits()
 
Initializes a decompression session on zlib stream.
WindowBits is the base two logarithm of the maximum window size (the size of the history buffer). It is to be in the range 8 through 15. Default to 15 if inflateInit/1 is used.
If a compressed stream with a larger window size is specified as input, inflate/2 throws the data_error exception.
A negative WindowBits value makes zlib ignore the zlib header (and checksum) from the stream. Notice that the zlib source mentions this only as a undocumented feature.
inflateReset(Z) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Equivalent to inflateEnd/1 followed by inflateInit/1, but does not free and reallocate all the internal decompression state. The stream will keep attributes that could have been set by inflateInit/1,2.
inflateSetDictionary(Z, Dictionary) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Dictionary = iodata()
 
Initializes the decompression dictionary from the specified uncompressed byte sequence. This function must be called immediately after a call of inflate/2 if this call threw a {need_dictionary,Adler} exception. The dictionary chosen by the compressor can be determined from the Adler value thrown by the call to inflate/2. The compressor and decompressor must use the same dictionary (see deflateSetDictionary/2).
Example:
unpack(Z, Compressed, Dict) -> case catch zlib:inflate(Z, Compressed) of {'EXIT',{{need_dictionary,DictID},_}} -> zlib:inflateSetDictionary(Z, Dict), Uncompressed = zlib:inflate(Z, []); Uncompressed -> Uncompressed end.
open() -> zstream()
 
 
Opens a zlib stream.
setBufSize(Z, Size) -> ok
 
 
Types:
Z = zstream()
 
Size = integer() >= 0
 
Sets the intermediate buffer size.
uncompress(Data) -> Decompressed
 
 
Types:
Data = iodata()
 
Decompressed = binary()
 
Uncompresses data with zlib headers and checksum.
unzip(Data) -> Decompressed
 
 
Types:
Data = iodata()
 
Decompressed = binary()
 
Uncompresses data without zlib headers and checksum.
zip(Data) -> Compressed
 
 
Types:
Data = iodata()
 
Compressed = binary()
 
Compresses data without zlib headers and checksum.
erts 8.3 Ericsson AB

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