Both Linux and Unix like OSes comes with z commands. It allows you to read gzip compressed text files using zless, zcat and zmore etc. gzip reduces the size of the files using Lempel-Ziv coding (LZ77). Whenever possible, each file is replaced by one with the extension .gz, while keeping the same ownership modes, access and modification times. zcommand has some cool usage – such as display the current time in different zonename.
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