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Date: Mon, 07 May 2012 01:59:25 +0200
From: magnum <>
Subject: Re: New RAR OpenCL kernel

On 05/05/2012 02:09 AM, Milen Rangelov wrote:
> Well, there are two cases here, a PPM block or a LZ block. The PPM case
> would very quickly give you an error if stream is invallid and unpack29
> would switch back to the pure LZSS case.

Do you mean you modified something in unpack29 for this case? When I
debugged it I got the impression it already rejects properly in this case.

> Then for Lempel-Ziv  it's highly
> unlikely that you'd get the same result from rar_decode_number()  several
> times at a row unless the stream is bad. The key point here being "several"
> and that's where  my concerns are.

Nice. I tested a little and I've seen the same result at most 26 times
in a row for a valid stream while bad streams can have several hundreds.
The question is what threshold would be safe...

I think I'll have a look at Jim's pkzip code again, maybe something in
there is usable for the LZ case.


> On Sat, May 5, 2012 at 2:45 AM, magnum <> wrote:
>> On 05/04/2012 08:19 PM, Milen Rangelov wrote:
>>> OK, my tests are all successful until now. Speed is relatively the same,
>>> doesn't matter whether the compressed file is a 4KB text file, or a 50MB
>>> avi movie :) Unfortunately there is still overhead as compared to the HE
>>> case, speed being somewhat 20% slower. I am still not 100% whether this
>>> would hold true in all cases and if I am wrong, it might happen that for
>>> some archives we can get false negatives.
>>> I am not yet 100% convinced I am correct yet though. The approach is
>> based
>>> on 2 assumptions, first one can easily be proved, the second one is
>> related
>>> to the LZ algorithm and I cannot yet prove what I check is safe and can't
>>> occur in a valid LZ stream.
>> This is good news Milen, just what I hoped for. I am SURE there are such
>> short-cuts because cRARk runs full speed no matter what you throw at it.
>> Please do share your findings, you know I would.
>> magnum

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