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A pretty small Go application compressing from stdin to stdout as gzip.
package main
import (
func main() {
level := gzip.DefaultCompression
if len(os.Args) >= 2 {
l, err := strconv.ParseInt(os.Args[1], 10, 0)
if err != nil {
level = int(l)
out, err := gzip.NewWriterLevel(os.Stdout, level)
if err != nil {
defer out.Close()
before := time.Now().UnixNano()
written, err := io.Copy(out, os.Stdin)
duration := float64(time.Now().UnixNano() - before)
if err != nil && err != io.EOF {
fmt.Fprintf(os.Stderr, "Compressed %d bytes in %f ms\n", written, duration/(1000*1000))
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arnehormann commented Nov 8, 2013

I built this to compare compression speeds of Go, gzip and pigz.

It accepts one (optional) parameter: the compression level.

Compressing the binary created with go build gzipstream.go with time COMMAND < gzipstream > gzipstream.gz takes Go twice as long as gzip with the best compression (9). On my i7, pigz wins hands down (about 1/4 real time compared to gzip).

time ./gzipstream 9 < gzipstream > test-go.gz
time gzip -c -9 < gzipstream > test-gzip.gz
time pigz -c -9 < gzipstream > test-pigz.gz

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