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DEFUNCT

This package will probably not be maintained. Instead, use the better 'fst' package, see http://www.fstpackage.org/, which now includes faster and better in-memory compression methods fst::compress_fst and fst::decompress_fst covered here, as well as several file-based compression options.

Note that neither this package nor the fst package include proper streaming options to arbitrary connections...something someone should add to fst!

October, 2018: there were some severe internal lz4 bugs that apparently also affect the fst package. I re-activated this repository to update lz4 for those who are still using it, and will file bug reports against fst...

However, one potential advantage of this package is default single-threaded operation (when used in process-parallel settings)--although that can be overcome with a function in the fst package, and compatability with the command line lz4 file format, see for instance the example in the help page for ?lzDecompress.

lz4 Data Compression/Decompression Functions

Installation

Easiest to install with the devtools package:

devtools::install_github("bwlewis/lz4")

library(lz4)
?lzCompress

TODO

Add data streaming functions! ANYONE WANT TO HELP ADD THESE?

Overview of the lz4 algorithms

LZ4 is lossless compression algorithm, providing compression speed at 400 MB/s per core (0.16 Bytes/cycle). It features an extremely fast decoder, with speed in multiple GB/s per core (0.71 Bytes/cycle).

References

At least two other R packages, the http://www.bioconductor.org/packages/release/bioc/html/gdsfmt.html package from the Bioconductor, and https://github.com/fstPackage, use the lz4 library. However both packages are sufficiently specialized implementation that I decided to write this much simpler, limited package with a focus only on compression to promote software modularity.

See http://www.lz4.org for more on lz4.

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