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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 8 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 464 weeks and 2 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 464 weeks and 2 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 464 weeks and 1 day ago

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

Comment by dilbert4life 463 weeks and 3 days ago

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

Comment by vlkz 223 weeks and 3 days ago

Your point of view

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