zless - file perusal filter for crt viewing of compressed text


zless [ name ... ]


Zless is a filter which allows examination of compressed or plain text files one screenful at a time on a soft-copy terminal. It is the equivalent of setting the environment variable LESSOPEN to '|gzip -cdfq -- %s', and the environment variable LESSMETACHARS to "'<space><tab><newline>;*?"()<>[|&^`#\\$%=~'", and then running less . Less now provides similar, and more flexible, functionality through the lessfile and lesspipe filters.


zmore(1), less(1), lessfile(1), lesspipe(1)


Zless does not work with compressed data that is piped to it via standard input; it requires that input files be specified as arguments. If you really want to use less in a pipe, then do the uncompress explicitly and pipe to less instead of using zless.


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