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From Mark Slee <>
Subject RE: Compression on serialization
Date Wed, 13 Jun 2012 05:32:03 GMT
The compact protocol doesn't do compression, the word compact refers to the way it encodes
structure and type metadata.

Thrift is intended for strongly-typed structured data serialization, not compression. A file
is already serialized - it sounds like what you really want is to compress serialized data.
Would recommend using zlib or gzip for that.
From: Anand Hegde []
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:15 PM
Subject: Compression on serialization

I serialized a 116k file to thrift binary format using the compact protocol
but even after serializing, the size is 116K. Isnt the serializer supposed
to reduce the file size? The file contains only strings, if that info

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