Decompress cross platform

J. Landman Gay jacque at
Fri Oct 3 14:26:09 EDT 2003

This has come up on the list before, but I didn't find a solution in the 

I have a field with a lot of data in it. To save disk space, I run it 
through compress() and put the compressed data back into the field 
before saving the stack. When the stack opens, it uses decompress() to 
extract the information.

The data decompresses fine on whatever platform did the compression. But 
when the data is compressed on Windows, it won't decompress when the 
stack is copied to a Mac. When the data is compressed on a Mac, it won't 
decompress when the stack is copied to Windows. I suspect this may have 
something to do with line endings, but maybe not. In any case, I get an 
error saying the data is not compressed data.

I don't want to maintain separate stacks for each platform. Any idea how 
to get around this problem? I thought compression was supposed to work 
the same way on all plaforms.

Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at
HyperActive Software           |

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