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bug#30935: gzip -l reports wrong size for decompressed files larger than
bug#30935: gzip -l reports wrong size for decompressed files larger than 4GB
Sun, 25 Mar 2018 23:25:42 +0200
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I accept that problem. I would be happy, when a similar statement like yours
would be in the man page of gzip.
Mark Adler schrieb:
The gzip format stores only the low 32 bits of the uncompressed length as the
last four bytes of the stream, so it is not possible to show the correct
number. At least not without decompressing the whole thing.
There are two other ways that the displayed uncompressed size can be incorrect,
even for small files. Those are if a) there is more than one gzip member in the
gzip stream, in which case only the uncompressed size of the last member will
be shown, or b) if there are junk bytes after the end of the gzip stream, in
which case the junk will be shown as the length.
In short, the reported length is informational at best, and should not be
trusted if the information is important.The purpose of the length modulo 2^32
being in the trailer is as an additional integrity check along with the CRC.
However it was also used for gzip -l, which was perhaps a mistake.
You can get the actual decompressed length only by decompressing, and
discarding the uncompressed data if you only want the length. You can either:
gzip -dc file.gz | wc -c
pigz -lt file.gz
The latter will report the members of the gzip stream separately.
On Mar 25, 2018, at 1:42 AM, Wolfgang Formann <address@hidden> wrote:
I am using gzip 1.6 from openSUSE Leap 42.3 with latest patches
$ file /usr/bin/gzip
/usr/bin/gzip: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically
linked, interpreter /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2, for GNU/Linux 3.0.0,
There is a compressed file available at https://data.dnb.de/opendata/GND.rdf.gz
which has a size of 1.232.465.678 bytes. Uncompressed it will have a size of
The problem is:
$ gzip -l GND.rdf.gz
compressed uncompressed ratio uncompressed_name
1232465678 2285505114 46.1% GND.rdf
This number 2285505114 is actually the lower 32 bits of the real size 19GB.
$ echo "19465374298-16*1024*1024*1024" | bc
Such a behaviour is okay for 32-bit software, 64-bit should show correct