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Decompression of strings received from socket connection

vinita Kh
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Joined: Feb 19, 2002
Posts: 49
My java program communicates with a VB Program using socket connection. I'm using Zlib.dll for compression at VB side & Inflator for decompression at java side. At java side if I define byte[] buff = new byte[256], then if I send a string of size more than 256 bytes, althought compressed size less than 256, then on java side while decompressing, I get only first 256 bytesof the original string, thats true because buffer size is 256.
So to resolve this I tried to increase the buffer size, So now I'm getting decompressed size as 0.
Can nebody explain how to solve this problem.
Here is my decompression routine in Java:
public static String decompress(String inStr){
byte[] b2 = new byte[inStr.length()];
//b2 = inStr.getBytes();
try {
b2 = inStr.getBytes("ISO-8859-1");
} catch ( e)

Inflater decompresser = new Inflater(true);
byte[] b3 = new byte[4096];
int xxxxx =0;
try {
xxxxx = decompresser.inflate(b3);
catch (Exception e) {
System.out.println("decompress exception ...");
System.out.println("decompress ... " + inStr.length() + " out: " + xxxxx);
String outStr = new String(b3,0,xxxxx);
return outStr;
} stored block lenght<NativeBytes>
Can anybody please sort this out, whats happening?
Is it because string compression in VB using Zlib.dll resulting different encoding than what java is expecting? It is working fine for a normal string(uncompressed string). But if I send compressed string than this exception is shown.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
raimondas zemaitis
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Joined: Feb 23, 2001
Posts: 104
if you receive compressed stuff why your decompress method takes in a String ? I suppose you should operate on an array of bytes, you even try to apply encoding to a input String prior to unzipping it. Unfortunately you do not post code which reads stuff out of socket and it is not clear what happens with it next.
vinita Kh
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Joined: Feb 19, 2002
Posts: 49
My VB Program sends compressed data as string from a VB Socket.
Java Socket receivs this data as String.This is the Code for that:
public static void main(String args[]) {
ServerSocket serverSocket = null;
try {
serverSocket = new ServerSocket(12345);
System.out.println("Listening on port: 12345");
} catch (IOException e) {
System.err.println("Could not listen on port:12345");
Socket clientSocket = null;
try {
clientSocket = serverSocket.accept();
System.out.println("VB Client accepted");
} catch (IOException e) {
System.err.println("Accept failed.");
PrintWriter out = new PrintWriter(clientSocket.getOutputStream(), true);
BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(
new InputStreamReader(
String inputLine,data,inMsg;

while ((inputLine = in.readLine()) != null) {
data = "";
data = data + inputLine;
while (true) {
//to mark end of line received
if ( data.indexOf(';') == -1 ) {
//to empty data in inMsg, & get it ready for nextInput
inMsg = data.substring(0,data.indexOf(";") + 1 );
data = data.substring(inMsg.length());
I'm using java 1.4.1-b21 and zlib 1.4.1.
I'm using above decompress routine to decompress it, with slight modification in Encoding instead of "ISO-8859-1", I'm using "Cp1252".
Now This works with small strings, but with large strings say 100 bytes, it throws exception as:
DataFormatException : Too many length or distance symbols
at<Native Method>
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