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ZLESS(1)                                                              ZLESS(1)



NAME
       zless - file perusal filter for crt viewing of compressed text

SYNOPSIS
       zless [ name ...  ]

DESCRIPTION
       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 and then running less.  However, enough people seem to think that
       having the command zless available is important to be worth providing it.

SEE ALSO
       zmore(1), less(1)

BUGS
       Zless does not work with compressed data that is piped to it via standard input; it requires that  input  files
       be specified as arguments.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE
       Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       Copyright (C) 1992, 1993 Jean-loup Gailly

       Permission  is  granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this manual provided the copyright notice and
       this permission notice are preserved on all copies.

       Permission is granted to copy and distribute modified versions of this manual under the conditions for verbatim
       copying,  provided that the entire resulting derived work is distributed under the terms of a permission notice
       identical to this one.

       Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of this manual into another language, under the above
       conditions for modified versions, except that this permission notice may be stated in a translation approved by
       the Foundation.



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