> 1. What led to the choice of the current header format, as opposed to a fully binary one?
Being able to look at a file and easily see what it is (the header is
self describing) is critically useful for something you may have
encrypted your files with N years ago
> 2. Is it worth discussing ways to make the header more compact, or do you have bigger fish to fry?
That depends, is there a direct application for you having small
headers? If you are encrypting a lot of small files then you might get
better mileage just tar/zip-ing them.
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