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       zcat - decompress and concatenate files to standard output


       zcat [options] [files]


       Zcat  copies  each  given  file ("-" means standard input), 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, 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

              force given format (bz2, gz, lz, xz)

       -n, --number
              number all output lines

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

       -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 © 2014 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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