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Old 08-09-2011
Searching inside a .gz file without gunzip

I have a set of folders inside which there may be n number of files. All those files are in .gz extension. Now I need to search all the files without gunzip them. Also I need to read the content of a file if the search pattern is found without gunzip them.
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Old 08-09-2011
It's impossible to read gzipped files without gunzipping them. If you don't want change gzipped files use

gunzip -c

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Old 08-09-2011
Could you please explain?
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Old 08-09-2011
for f in *.gz; do
  if  zcat "$f" | grep -q pattern ; then
    var=`zcat "$f"`
    # do something with $var or just use the result of zcat in a pipe or do something with "$f"

If you have zgrep then use it - if zgrep -q pattern "$f" ; then .... If you don't have zcat use gunzip -c "$f".

Last edited by yazu; 08-09-2011 at 11:02 AM.. Reason: minor corrections
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