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zrun: automatically uncompress arguments to command


zrun - automatically uncompress arguments to command


zrun command file.gz [...]


Prefixing a shell command with ``zrun'' causes any compressed files that are arguments of the command to be transparently uncompressed to temp files (not pipes) and the uncompressed files fed to the command.

This is a quick way to run a command that does not itself support compressed files, without manually uncompressing the files.

The following compression types are supported: gz bz2 Z xz lzma lzo

If zrun is linked to some name beginning with z, like zprog, and the link is executed, this is equivalent to executing ``zrun prog''.


Modifications to the uncompressed temporary file are not fed back into the input file, so using this as a quick way to make an editor support compressed files won't work.


Copyright 2006 by Chung-chieh Shan <ccshan [at] post.harvard.edu>