zcat - decompress and concatenate files to standard output


   zcat [options] [files]


   Zcat  copies  each  given file to standard output. If any given file is
   compressed, its decompressed content is used. If a given file does  not
   exist, and its name does not end with one of the known extensions, zcat
   tries the compressed file names corresponding to the supported formats.

   If no files are specified, or if a file is specified as  '-',  data  is
   read  from standard input, decompressed if needed, and sent to standard
   output. Data read from standard input must be of  the  same  type;  all
   uncompressed or all in the same compression format.

   The supported formats are bzip2, gzip, lzip and xz.

   Exit status is 0 if no errors occurred, non-zero otherwise.


   -h, --help
          display this help and exit

   -V, --version
          output version information and exit

   -A, --show-all
          equivalent to '-vET'

   -b, --number-nonblank
          number nonblank output lines

   -e     equivalent to '-vE'

   -E, --show-ends
          display '$' at end of each line

   -M, --format=<list>
          process only the formats in <list>

   -n, --number
          number all output lines

   -N, --no-rcfile
          don't read runtime configuration file

   -O, --force-format=<fmt>
          force given format (bz2, gz, lz, xz)

   -q, --quiet
          suppress all messages

   -r, --recursive
          operate recursively on directories

   -s, --squeeze-blank
          never more than one single blank line

   -t     equivalent to '-vT'

   -T, --show-tabs
          display TAB characters as '^I'

   -v, --show-nonprinting
          use '^' and 'M-' notation, except for LF and TAB

          verbose mode (show error messages)

          set compressor and options for bzip2 format

          set compressor and options for gzip format

          set compressor and options for lzip format

          set compressor and options for xz format


   Report bugs to
   Zutils home page:


   Copyright   2016 Antonio Diaz Diaz.  License GPLv2+: GNU GPL version 2
   or later <>
   This is free software: you are free  to  change  and  redistribute  it.
   There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


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