java.util.zip.ZipException:invalid bit length repeat.

Posted on 2003-02-27
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Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I'm trying to inflate a compressed string that was compressed using the Deflater,however, I'm getting this error: java.util.zip.ZipException:invalid bit length repeat.

Any help would be great !!!  PLEASE !!!

Here is the sample code:

   public static String decompress(String trg)
          byte[] buf;
          int l;
          Inflater decomp=new Inflater(true);          
          buf=new byte[trg.length()];
          return new String(buf,0,l);
     catch(Exception e)
          System.out.println("decompress: " + e);
          return "";
Question by:davidslee9
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Expert Comment

ID: 8039620
One thing is certain.
Do not trust the value returned by the .inflate(buf) method.  
It lies. Plain and simple. It lies. Any thing less than buf.length is not trustworthy.
We ran into this problem debugging a compressed, CBC-encrypted file and it kicked our butts pretty hard. Its in the native library ( at least 1.4 Win ). Not much you can do about it.
If you have less than the full buffer, run a quick check on the last buf you fill. See for yourself where it stopped filling the buffer and go from there.
BTW, you cant really allocate your uncompressed buffer to the same size as your compressed String, can you? Wrap this in a while loop and write your bytes to a ByteArrayOutputStream, checking anything less that buf.length.  Good luck.

Expert Comment

ID: 8040190
Change it from String compression to File compression, it works when using the same data

Author Comment

ID: 8041519

How do you simply change this from string to file compression ??

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Expert Comment

ID: 8041884
I said that if you could use File instead of String in your function, it could work. I don't know if that's possible because your inflating a compressed File.


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boxy73 earned 100 total points
ID: 8042747
I said that if you could use File instead of String in your function, it could work. I don't know if that's possible because your inflating a compressed File.


Author Comment

ID: 8044868
used a ZipOutputStream .. almost there ... thanks

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