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    SubjectRe: Painlessly shrinking kernel messages (Re: kernel support for non-english user messages)
    On Fri, 2003-04-11 at 00:58, Timothy Miller wrote:
    > My google search for '5pack' didn't come up with anything relevant.
    > Things that come to mind include converting to a character set which

    Its a thing from the old 8bit gaming world. You code in 5bit chunks
    with a leading length marker. 5bits is enough for a-z and some bits
    of punctuation, plus capital implying space and 'escape' for an 8bit
    sequence block.

    Gets you a bit under 40% compression with real life data and takes about
    200 bytes to decode

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