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Uncompress a CSS file

Terminal - Uncompress a CSS file
cat somefile.css | awk '{gsub(/{|}|;/,"&\n"); print}' >> uncompressed.css
2009-06-02 15:51:51
User: lrvick
Functions: awk cat
Uncompress a CSS file

Ever compress a file for the web by replacing all newline characters with nothing so it makes one nice big blob?

It is a great idea, however what about when you want to edit that file? ...Serious pain in the butt.

I ran into this today in that my only copy of a CSS file was "compressed" with no newlines.

I whipped this up and it converted back into nice human readable CSS :-)

It could be nicer, but it does the job.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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What others think

There's already a tool for this: csstidy (available in Ubuntu repos)


Comment by SlimG 307 weeks and 6 days ago

How much space does eliminating newlines really save? I don't think it is very much at all. If you use mod_deflate with apache, then your CSS will get compressed in transit: http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/speed-up-apache-20-web-access-or-downloads-with-mod_deflate.html

Comment by bwoodacre 307 weeks and 6 days ago

Typical case of "useless use of cat". Also, you probably mean ">", not ">>" (append).

awk '...' < somefile.css > uncompressed.css

Apart from that, I also agree bwoodacre. Removing all newlines from CSS files doesn't really make sense.

Comment by inof 307 weeks and 5 days ago

Useless use of cat? Then what in the world are you supposed to use it for?

Comment by dilbert4life 307 weeks ago

Don't listen to these haters. There are always multiple solutions to a problem. Nice script!

Comment by vlkz 67 weeks ago

Your point of view

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