Comment #6 on issue 257 by jas...@google.com: Java Protocol buffer payload
more than that of regular payload when using repeated tag
Sorry, I'm going to have to ask you to provide the program if you want to
look into these larger messages. There are likely going to be some
applications where the protobuf encoding is larger than other encoding
formats, but we don't have the resources to construct such examples. There
may be something about your data that makes the protobuf encoding less
efficient; if you can provide some examples perhaps we can offer some
I'm not sure of the thread that you mentioned, but due to the varint
encoding tag numbers above 15 require an extra byte. Perhaps that's what
you had read? If you have a large number of string fields, I would think
this byte is pretty negligible relative to the actual payload.
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