Rezip a bunch of files

find . -name "*.gz" | xargs -n 1 -I {} bash -c "gunzip -c {} | sort | gzip -c --best > {}.new ; rm {} ; mv {}.new {}"
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

2009-08-05 14:16:15

What Others Think

if you needed to sort the content of a bunch of gzip'd files, why not just: zcat *gz|sort ????
linuxrawkstar · 672 weeks and 2 days ago
otherwise, a shining example of leveraging "{}" to its fullest. ++
linuxrawkstar · 672 weeks and 2 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"
bwoodacre · 672 weeks and 2 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
kennethjor · 669 weeks and 2 days ago

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