text files

grep command is the de facto tool for searching text files. However when there are too many matches, it can be difficult to find the requested text in the search results. grep comes with –color=’auto’ option. It surrounds the matching string with the colour, thus resulting enhanced output. Finding string with color highlighting Pass –color […]


Linux and Unix like operating systems comes with z* commands. These commands allow you to read gzip compressed text files using zless, zcat, zmore and friends commands. The gzip command 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. z* commands has some cool usage too; such as display the current time in different zonename.