Group OR'd commands where you expect only one to work

( zcat $FILE || gzcat $FILE || bzcat2 $FILE ) | less
Something to stuff in an alias when you are working in multiple environments. The double-pipe OR will fall through until one of the commands succeeds, and the rest won't be executed. Any STDERR will fall out, but the STDOUT from the correct command will bubble out of the parenthesis to the less command, or some other command you specify.

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2010-03-17 03:14:48

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What Others Think

You might want to even add a " || cat $FILE " to it .
matthewbauer · 430 weeks and 5 days ago
You might like to consider: man lesspipe
nadir · 430 weeks and 4 days ago

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