[see zlib.h for full description]

       The  zlib  library  is a general purpose data compression library.  The
       code is thread safe, assuming that the standard library functions  used
       are  thread  safe, such as memory allocation routines.  It provides in-
       memory compression and  decompression  functions,  including  integrity
       checks  of the uncompressed data.  This version of the library supports
       only one compression method (deflation) but  other  algorithms  may  be
       added later with the same stream interface.

       Compression  can  be  done  in  a  single step if the buffers are large
       enough or can be done by repeated calls of  the  compression  function.
       In the latter case, the application must provide more input and/or con-
       sume the output (providing more output space) before each call.

       The library also supports reading and writing files  in  gzip(1)  (.gz)
       format with an interface similar to that of stdio.

       The  library  does  not install any signal handler.  The decoder checks
       the consistency of the compressed data, so  the  library  should  never
       crash even in the case of corrupted input.

       All  functions  of  the  compression library are documented in the file
       zlib.h.  The distribution  source  includes  examples  of  use  of  the
       library  in  the  files  test/example.c and test/minigzip.c, as well as
       other examples in the examples/ directory.

       Changes to this version are  documented  in  the  file  ChangeLog  that
       accompanies the source.

       zlib is available in Java using the java.util.zip package:


       A Perl interface to zlib, written by Paul Marquess (pmqs@cpan.org),  is
       available  at  CPAN (Comprehensive Perl Archive Network) sites, includ-


       A Python interface to zlib, written by A.M. Kuchling  (amk@magnet.com),
       is available in Python 1.5 and later versions:


       zlib is built into tcl:


       An experimental package to read and write files in .zip format, written

              http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1950  (for  the  zlib  header  and
              trailer format)
              http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1951  (for  the deflate compressed
              data format)
              http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1952  (for  the  gzip  header  and
              trailer format)

       Mark Nelson wrote an article about zlib for the Jan. 1997 issue of  Dr.
       Dobb's Journal; a copy of the article is available at:


       Before reporting a problem, please check the zlib web  site  to  verify
       that  you have the latest version of zlib; otherwise, obtain the latest
       version and see if the problem still exists.  Please read the zlib  FAQ


       before   asking   for   help.    Send   questions  and/or  comments  to
       zlib@gzip.org, or (for the  Windows  DLL  version)  to  Gilles  Vollant

       Version 1.2.8 Copyright (C) 1995-2013 Jean-loup Gailly (jloup@gzip.org)
       and Mark Adler (madler@alumni.caltech.edu).

       This software is provided "as-is," without any express or implied  war-
       ranty.   In  no  event  will the authors be held liable for any damages
       arising from the use of this software.  See the distribution  directory
       with  respect  to  requirements  governing redistribution.  The deflate
       format used by zlib was defined by Phil Katz.   The  deflate  and  zlib
       specifications  were  written  by  L. Peter Deutsch.  Thanks to all the
       people who reported problems  and  suggested  various  improvements  in
       zlib; who are too numerous to cite here.

       UNIX manual page by R. P. C. Rodgers, U.S. National Library of Medicine

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