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I need to learn how to do Lempel–Ziv–Welch compression using pen and paper for my algorithms and data structures class. Unfortunately we have only a couple of examples in our book of how it is done. I'd like to practice compressing and decompressing text using it, but I need to find a way to check if I'm right doing it right or wrong.

So I'm looking for some preferably free/open source program which can compress and decompress LZW for Windows or GNU/Linux. Programs without binary distributions are fine too.

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Have you looked at the Wikipedia article? –  David Z Oct 4 '10 at 19:37
@David Zaslavsky Yes, I linked Wikipedia article in my original question. Why? The section where software which uses it is mentioned is a bit vague. –  AndrejaKo Oct 4 '10 at 19:52
Ah, sorry, I wasn't paying quite enough attention when I read your question. –  David Z Oct 4 '10 at 19:57

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Look at ncompress package.

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Looks promising. I'll try it out. –  AndrejaKo Oct 4 '10 at 12:16

GIF compression is LZW, any GIF library will have code for it.


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