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ZLESS(1)										 ZLESS(1)

NAME
       zless - file perusal filter for crt viewing of compressed text

SYNOPSIS
       zless [ name ...  ]

DESCRIPTION
       Zless is a filter which allows examination of compressed or plain text files one screenful
       at a time on a soft-copy terminal.  It is the equivalent of setting the environment  vari-
       able  LESSOPEN  to  '|gzip  -cdfq  --  %s',  and the environment variable LESSMETACHARS to
       "'<space><tab><newline>;*?"()<>[|&^`#\$%=~'", and then running less.   Less  now  provides
       similar, and more flexible, functionality through the lessfile and lesspipe filters.

SEE ALSO
       zmore(1), less(1), lessfile(1), lesspipe(1)

BUGS
       Zless  does  not  work  with  compressed  data  that is piped to it via standard input; it
       requires that input files be specified as arguments.  If you really want to use less in	a
       pipe, then do the uncompress explicitly and pipe to less instead of using zless.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE
       Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       Copyright (C) 1992, 1993 Jean-loup Gailly

       Permission  is  granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this manual provided the
       copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all copies.

       Permission is granted to copy and distribute modified versions of this  manual  under  the
       conditions  for	verbatim copying, provided that the entire resulting derived work is dis-
       tributed under the terms of a permission notice identical to this one.

       Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of this manual into another lan-
       guage,  under  the  above  conditions  for  modified versions, except that this permission
       notice may be stated in a translation approved by the Foundation.

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