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Language: VB4/32,VB5,VB6
Expertise: Advanced
Jan 1, 2003



Building the Right Environment to Support AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning

RLEUncompress - Uncompress data compressed using RLECompress

Private Declare Sub CopyMemory Lib "kernel32" Alias "RtlMoveMemory" (dest As _
    Any, source As Any, ByVal Bytes As Long)

' Uncompress a block of data compressed with RLECompress
' Returns TRUE if successful (this version either returns True or raises an 
' error)
' ADDRESS points to the buffer that holds the compressed data
'      use StrPtr(s) if it's a string, VarPtr(arr(0)) if it's an array
' BYTES is the size of the compressed data
'      use LenB(s) if it's a string, N * LenB(arr(0)) if it's an array
' OUTBUFFER is an array of bytes that will receive the uncompressed data

Function RLEUncompress(ByVal address As Long, ByVal Bytes As Long, _
    outBuffer() As Byte) As Boolean
    Dim ItemSize As Integer
    Dim outBytes As Long
    Dim inIndex As Long
    Dim outIndex As Long
    Dim i As Long
    Dim prevValue As Currency
    Dim currValue As Currency
    Dim matchCount As Integer
    ' get the signature, exit if not matching
    CopyMemory ItemSize, ByVal address, 2
    If ItemSize <> &HABCD Then
        Err.Raise 5, , "This hasn't been compressed with RLECompress"
    End If
    ' get ItemSize, exit if invalid
    CopyMemory ItemSize, ByVal address + 2, 2
    If ItemSize <> 1 And ItemSize <> 2 And ItemSize <> 4 And ItemSize <> 8 Then
        Err.Raise 5, , "Wrong value for ItemSize"
    End If
    ' get the length of the uncompressed data
    CopyMemory outBytes, ByVal address + 4, 4
    ' prepare the output buffer
    ReDim outBuffer(0 To outBytes - 1) As Byte
    ' get the first value
    CopyMemory prevValue, ByVal address + 8, ItemSize
    address = address + 8 + ItemSize
    ' copy to the output buffer as-is
    CopyMemory outBuffer(0), prevValue, ItemSize
    outIndex = ItemSize
    ' repeat until the output buffer is full
    Do While outIndex < outBytes
        ' get the next value from the input buffer
        CopyMemory currValue, ByVal address, ItemSize
        address = address + ItemSize
        ' move to the output buffer
        CopyMemory outBuffer(outIndex), currValue, ItemSize
        outIndex = outIndex + ItemSize
        If prevValue = currValue Then
            ' two consecutive values are equal
            ' extract the matchCount value
            CopyMemory matchCount, ByVal address, 2
            address = address + 2
            ' replicate the value that number of times
            For i = 3 To matchCount
                ' move to the output buffer
                CopyMemory outBuffer(outIndex), currValue, ItemSize
                outIndex = outIndex + ItemSize
            prevValue = currValue
        End If
    ' signal success
    RLEUncompress = True

End Function
Francesco Balena
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