Compressing data to be sent through Winsock

Posted on 2004-08-09
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Last Modified: 2013-11-13

I have a client/server application where the server sends a file to the client application as a byte stream using the Winsock control. I would like to compress the stream (using zlib or something similar) in the server, then decompress it in the client.

I've found an example using zlib that compress the whole file at once, but since some files are very large, I want to compress each data chunk that is sent on the fly. Is there a way to accomplish that?

Thanks in advance,

Question by:ricardog2
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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Compression performance gets potentially better the larger the file is, because of the possible data pattern that can be compressed that way. If you want to compress small chunks, the results may even become negative, as compression also starts with some overhead.
If you have a really large file (say > 50MB), then you might start splitting the file into chunks of 10MB, zip them and send send the zipped chunks...
To split the files, you have to binary read the files and binary write the chunks... Don't forget to send to the client how many and how big the chunks are, best would also be to send some hash code of the chunks and the total to check the several results...


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I can calculate the number of compressed chunks that will be sent before the transfer begins, but how would I know their size? Unless I split the whole file at once (which I don't want to do because that would require too much disk space), I can only notify the client of the next chunk size during the transfer, but then I would have a problem to separate the file data from the chunk size data.

Any ideas?
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 1000 total points
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Yes, have 2 connections open to the client, 1 for the data transfer, and 1 for the information/command transfer.
That's how I have managed to do such kind of things...

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