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Re: Faster compression, again

From: "ktm(at)rice(dot)edu" <ktm(at)rice(dot)edu>
To: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>
Cc: Merlin Moncure <mmoncure(at)gmail(dot)com>, Daniel Farina <daniel(at)heroku(dot)com>,pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Faster compression, again
Date: 2012-03-14 20:53:45
Message-ID: 20120314205345.GL7440@aart.rice.edu (view raw or flat)
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On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 04:43:55PM -0400, Andrew Dunstan wrote:
> 
> 
> On 03/14/2012 04:10 PM, Merlin Moncure wrote:
> >there are plenty of on gpl lz based libraries out there (for example:
> >http://www.fastlz.org/) and always have been.  they are all much
> >faster than zlib.  the main issue is patents...you have to be careful
> >even though all the lz77/78 patents seem to have expired or apply to
> >specifics not relevant to general use.
> >
> 
> We're not going to include GPL code in the backend. We have enough
> trouble with readline and that's only for psql. SO the fact that
> there are GPL libraries can't help us, whether there are patent
> issues or not.
> 
> cheers
> 
> andrew
> 

That is what makes Google's Snappy so appealing, a BSD license.

Regards,
Ken

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