Uncompress a CSS file

cat somefile.css | awk '{gsub(/{|}|;/,"&\n"); print}' >> uncompressed.css
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.

By: lrvick
2009-06-02 15:51:51

What Others Think

There's already a tool for this: csstidy (available in Ubuntu repos) http://csstidy.sourceforge.net/
SlimG · 646 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
bwoodacre · 646 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.
inof · 646 weeks and 5 days ago
Useless use of cat? Then what in the world are you supposed to use it for?
dilbert4life · 646 weeks and 1 day ago
Don't listen to these haters. There are always multiple solutions to a problem. Nice script!
vlkz · 406 weeks ago

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