one way to view a file in Linux is via Less, but what if you want to less a .gz file?
one way to do it is to extract the gz file then execute a Less on the extracted file,
however another method i would like to share is the LESSOPEN env variable.
Less will auto detect if the environment variable is present then uses it.
try executing in your command line.
export LESSOPEN="|gzip -cdfq %s"
then less a .gz file.
You wounldnt want to exec the export again again, you may automate this by including this in your bash profile
Enjoy the power of LESSOPEN!
January 21, 2015
zless and zcat area your friends, they are the equivalent of less and cat, only for gzipped files 🙂