zcat man page

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zcat — expand and concatenate data

Synopsis

zcat [file...]

Description

The zcat utility shall write to standard output the uncompressed form of files that have been compressed using the compress utility. It is the equivalent of uncompress -c. Input files are not affected.

Operands

The following operand shall be supported:

file
The pathname of a file previously processed by the compress utility. If file already has the .Z suffix specified, it is used as submitted. Otherwise, the .Z suffix is appended to the filename prior to processing.

Stdin

The standard input shall be used only if no file operands are specified, or if a file operand is '-'.

Input Files

Input files shall be compressed files that are in the format produced by the compress utility.

Environment Variables

The following environment variables shall affect the execution of zcat:

LANG
Provide a default value for the internationalization variables that are unset or null. (See the Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, Section 8.2, Internationalization Variables for the precedence of internationalization variables used to determine the values of locale categories.)
LC_ALL
If set to a non-empty string value, override the values of all the other internationalization variables.
LC_CTYPE
Determine the locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of text data as characters (for example, single-byte as opposed to multi-byte characters in arguments).
LC_MESSAGES
Determine the locale that should be used to affect the format and contents of diagnostic messages written to standard error.
NLSPATH
Determine the location of message catalogs for the processing of LC_MESSAGES.

Asynchronous Events

Default.

Stdout

The compressed files given as input shall be written on standard output in their uncompressed form.

Stderr

The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.

Exit Status

The following exit values shall be returned:

0
Successful completion.
>0
An error occurred.

Consequences of Errors

Default.

The following sections are informative.

See Also

compress, uncompress

The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, Chapter 8, Environment Variables

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