cross-platform compress & decompress

Mark Brownell gizmotron at
Mon Dec 1 18:19:25 EST 2003


I've read everything I can find in the archives and I'm wondering if 
anyone has solved the cross-platform compress & decompress problems. I 
would like to create a compressed text file on Mac X and open & 
decompress it on Windows, the same goes for make on Windows & open on 
Mac. I'm not sure but it looks like the different charSets for each OS 
seems to be the problem. Anyway when I try to open made on Mac in 
Windows the file is not recognized as being compressed. I've tried 
stripping the header before decompressing with no luck. Perhaps a 
cross-platform compress/decompress is in the works soon? I solved these 
charSet OS issues in cross-platform encryption by converting to numbers 
within the entire encryption/decryption process. This took the relative 
positions of the different chars in charSets out of picture until the 
final rendering takes place.

Mark Brownell

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