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Rezip a bunch of files

Terminal - Rezip a bunch of files
find . -name "*.gz" | xargs -n 1 -I {} bash -c "gunzip -c {} | sort | gzip -c --best > {}.new ; rm {} ; mv {}.new {}"
2009-08-05 14:16:15
User: kennethjor
Functions: bash find xargs
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Rezip a bunch of files

I used this because I needed to sort the content of a bunch of gzipped log files. Replace sort with something else, or simply remove sort to just rezip everything

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What others think

if you needed to sort the content of a bunch of gzip'd files, why not just:

zcat *gz|sort

????

Comment by linuxrawkstar 316 weeks and 4 days ago

otherwise, a shining example of leveraging "{}" to its fullest. ++

Comment by linuxrawkstar 316 weeks and 4 days ago

@linuxrawkstar because he also wants to re-zip them up for whatever reason. Otherwise you are right. For viewing files one-off, there's zless, or in vim you could open the file and filter it through sort with ":% ! sort"

Comment by bwoodacre 316 weeks and 3 days ago

@linuxrawkstar I was unaware of zcat, but I guess you could do that instead of gunzip.

Using this method also allows you to utilize multiple processors/cores with xargs -P

Comment by kennethjor 313 weeks and 4 days ago

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