Search gzipped files

zcat /usr/share/man/man1/grep.1.gz | grep "color"
This decompresses the file and sends the output to STDOUT so it can be grepped. A good one to put in loops for searching directories of gzipped files, such as man pages.
Sample Output
groups of context lines) with escape sequences to display them in color
The colors are defined by the environment variable
This variable specifies the color used to highlight matched (non-empty) text.
It can only specify the color used to highlight
Specifies the colors and other attributes
The default is empty (i.e., the terminal's default color pair).
The default is empty (i.e., the terminal's default color pair).
each time a colorized item ends.

By: root
2009-02-04 09:38:45

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What Others Think

Better use zgrep instead: zgrep color /usr/share/man/man1/grep.1.gz
eterps · 489 weeks and 1 day ago
Agreed, zgrep is better because zcat wont cat non-gzipped files whereas zgrep does.
lucasrangit · 451 weeks and 4 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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