GZIP : Java Glossary


A file compressed with one of the unpatented ZLIB algorithms. Unlike a ZIP or JAR file, a GZIP file is a single stream, not broken up into members. You can create or read them with the classes in java.util.zip. GZIPOutputStream may often be combined with an ObjectOutputStream to compress serialised objects.

Google now routinely GZips its html output. The browser indicates its abilty to handle the format with the accept:gzip header.

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