ZLESS(1)                                                                                                                              ZLESS(1)


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


       zmore(1), less(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.  To read compressed data from a pipe, you can use ...|gunzip|less instead of ...|zless.


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