Use zgrep to grep a gzip (gz) file

Linux zgrep FAQ: How do I use the Linux zgrep command? (Or, How do I grep a GZ file?)

Linux users quickly learn how to use the Linux grep command on plain text files, but it takes a little longer to really you can grep gzip (gz) files as well. Here's how.

How to display the contents of a gzip/gz file

Problem: You have a plain text file that has been compressed with the gzip command, and you'd like to display the file contents with the Unix/Linux cat or more commands.

Solution: Instead of using the cat or more commands, use their equivalents for working with gz files, the zcat and zmore commands.

Some Linux tar command examples

The Linux tar command is used to created and extract archives. An archive is one file that contains one or (usually) many other files. The name "tar" itself comes from the phrase "tape archive", but that's just an old name. I mostly just create archives and then send them over the wire these days.

Creating Unix/Linux tar archives

To create an archive of all files in your current directory, and all subdirectories, use this tar command: