lesbell at lesbell.com.au
Fri Oct 19 08:04:23 UTC 2007
"umair shakil" <umairshakeel at gmail.com> wrote:
when i use less command to see this gz file it says "do u want to see
through which utility i can see the contants of the file???
All right, I'll bite. You could use zcat. But if you really want to use
less to *automatically* unzip a .gz file, then you can create a less
Use vi to create /usr/local/bin/lesspipe.sh and type in the following
case "$1" in
*.Z) uncompress -c $1 2>/dev/null
*.gz) gunzip -c $1 2>/dev/null
Make the lesspipe.sh file executable ('chmod +x
/usr/local/bin/lesspipe.sh') and then create a LESSOPEN environment
variable to make less use it:
export LESSOPEN="|/usr/local/bin/lesspipe.sh %s"
Test that this works, by cd'ing to /usr/doc/HOWTO, and if all is OK,
add the export line to /etc//bashrc so that it takes permanent
effect. Obviously, the lesspipe.sh script can be extended to do other
All this is basically in the less man page, of course.
--- Les Bell, RHCE, CISSP
Tel: +61 2 9451 1144
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