PAQ8PX README --------- COPYRIGHT --------- Copyright (C) 2008 Matt Mahoney, Serge Osnach, Alexander Ratushnyak, Bill Pettis, Przemyslaw Skibinski, Matthew Fite, wowtiger, Andrew Paterson, Jan Ondrus, Andreas Morphis, Pavel L. Holoborodko, Kaido Orav, Simon Berger, Neill Corlett, Márcio Pais, Andrew Epstein, Mauro Vezzosi, Zoltán Gotthardt, Sebastian Lehmann, Moisés Cardona, Byron Knoll We would like to express our gratitude for the endless support of many contributors who encouraged PAQ8PX development with ideas, testing, compiling, debugging: LovePimple, Skymmer, Darek, Stephan Busch, m^2, Christian Schneider, pat357, Rugxulo, Gonzalo, a902cd23, pinguin2, Luca Biondi - and many others. ------- LICENCE ------- This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details at Visit <http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html>. For a summary of your rights and obligations in plain language visit https://tldrlegal.com/license/gnu-general-public-license-v2 ----- ABOUT ----- PAQ is a series of experimental lossless data compression software that have gone through collaborative development to top rankings on several benchmarks measuring compression ratio (although at the expense of speed and memory usage). PAQ8PX (this branch) is one of the longest living branch of the PAQ series started by Jan Ondrus in 2009. For history and current state of development visit https://encode.su/threads/342-paq8px ----------------- HOW DOES IT WORK? ----------------- Data compression is carried out by compressing the input file(s) bit by bit using context mixing i.e. mixing predictions from many models. For a longer (technical) explanation see the DOC file. --------------- PAQ8PX ARCHIVES --------------- A PAQ8PX archive contains files in a highly compressed format. You can recognize a PAQ8PX archive from its file extension. The file extension reflects the exact PAQ8PX version that created the archive. You may also examine the first few bytes of the file. If it reads "paq8px" than it is (most probably) a PAQ8PX archive. Exact version information cannot be inferred from the archive content. A PAQ8PX archive may contain multiple files, but once created, you cannot add to or remove files from the archive. In single file mode (i.e. when compressing just one file) only file contents are stored. File paths, file names, creation or modification dates, file attributes, permissions and other metadata are not preserved. In multiple file mode however, you may store such metadata in the archive (see the help screen for more details). Notes on pre-training: (1) The exe pre-training function (see the command line flag "e") uses the paq8px.exe file itself to pre-train the exe prediction model, so expect the resulting archives to be different created by two different paq8px.exe executables - even when built with the same command line options from the same source. When the exe is different, the predictions will be slightly different, thus the archives will be (completely) different. As a result you must have the very executable that created an archive in order to extract its contents when you use this pre-training option. (2) If you use the text pre-training function (see the command line flag "t"), the word list (english.dic) and expression list (english.exp) files are only used for pre-training the prediction model before the actual file compression would begin. However their content is not stored in the archive. Since these files are required to pre-train the model before decompression as well, you will need to have them when extracting files from your archive. More notes: Files and archives larger than 2 GB are not (yet) supported. PAQ8PX archives are not compatible with previous or future PAQ8PX releases. ---------- HOW TO USE ---------- This software is portable, you don't need to install it. You may copy paq8px.exe to the folder where your files to be compressed are located and launch PAQ8PX from the command line (cmd.exe in Windows, a terminal of your choice in Linux and macOS). ---------------------- COMMAND LINE INTERFACE ---------------------- A graphical user interface is not provided, PAQ8PX runs from the command line. See the help screen for command line options. For the help screen just launch PAQ8PX from the command line without any options. -------------- HOW TO COMPILE -------------- Building PAQ8PX requires a C++17 capable C++ compiler: https://en.cppreference.com/w/cpp/compiler_support#cpp17 Windows If you are a Windows user you don't need to compile the source. Just grab the latest executable bundled with the source from the https://encode.su/threads/342-paq8px thread. If you would like to build an executable yourself you may use the Visual Studio solution file or in case of Mingw-w64 see the "build-mingw-w64-generic-publish.cmd" batch file in the build subfolder. Linux/macOS gcc/clang users on Linux/macOS may use the following commands to build: sudo apt-get install build-essential zlib1g-dev cmake make cd build cmake .. make The following compilers were tested and verified to compile/work correctly in this release or in an earlier release: - Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition (Windows) - Visual Studio 2019 Community Edition (Windows) verified @v187fix1 - MinGW-w64 7.1.0 (Windows) - MinGW-w64 7.2.0 (Windows) - MinGW-w64 8.1.0 (Windows) verified @v187fix1 - GCC 7.3.0 (macOS) - GCC 7.2.0 (Ubuntu) - GCC 8.3.0 (Lubuntu) verified @v187fix1 - GCC 9.3.0 (Ubuntu) - clang 4.0.1-6 (Ubuntu) - clang 8.0.0-3 (Lubuntu) verified @v187fix1 Note: We build and test 64-bit releases, 32-bit releases are seldom built or tested. A known limitation of 32-bit releases is the 2 GB memory barrier. As a consequence, compression and decompression with 32-bit releases may not work ("out of memory") on level 8 and above. -------------- FOR DEVELOPERS -------------- When you make a new release: - Please update the version number in the "Versioning" section in the paq8px.cpp source file. - Please append a short description of your modifications to the CHANGELOG file. - Always publish a static build (link the required library files statically). - Always publish a build for the general public (e.g. don't use -march=native). - Before publishing your build, please carry out some basic tests. Run your tests with asserts on (remove the "NDEBUG" option).