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Old 05-15-2008, 11:13 AM   #1
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gzip help


Hi
i have used this command before but i cant remember the syntax quite well
its
ls -l Apr-[0-3][0-9]-2008-*.log | xargs -i@ gzip@
but it is not working
error : xargs: gzip@: No such file or directory
 
Old 05-15-2008, 11:21 AM   #2
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Quite right you can't remember the syntax. What are you trying to do?

If you want to collect some log files into an archive, you don't want the -l on the ls command. You don't even want to be using the ls command. And you don't want gzip, you want tar.

tar cfz sometarfile.tgz Apr-[0-3][0-9]-2008-*.log

cfz: c = create, f = filename will be given, z = compressed

Last edited by polymath69; 05-15-2008 at 11:24 AM.
 
Old 05-15-2008, 11:27 AM   #3
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I can only guess that you may be after something like this:

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ls -1 Apr-[0-3][0-9]-2008-*.log | xargs -i  gzip {}
the dash one to ls prints one filename per line and then xargs passes that to gzip so that each *.log is compressed to a file of the corresponding filename plus a .gz extension.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 05-15-2008, 11:29 AM   #4
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Or if you're trying to zip up everything separately, use something like:
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find ./ -maxdepth 1 -iname 'Apr-[0-3][0-9]-2008-*.log' -exec gzip {} \;
edit: Beaten to it. lol

Last edited by beadyallen; 05-15-2008 at 11:33 AM.
 
Old 05-16-2008, 03:02 AM   #5
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This was what i was looking for cheers
Quote:
Originally Posted by rayfordj View Post
I can only guess that you may be after something like this:

Code:
ls -1 Apr-[0-3][0-9]-2008-*.log | xargs -i  gzip {}
the dash one to ls prints one filename per line and then xargs passes that to gzip so that each *.log is compressed to a file of the corresponding filename plus a .gz extension.

Hope this helps.
thanks alot that helped everyone
 
Old 05-16-2008, 04:10 AM   #6
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Why not simply...?
Code:
gzip Apr-[0-3][0-9]-2008-*.log
 
Old 05-16-2008, 06:53 AM   #7
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Why not simply...?
Code:
gzip Apr-[0-3][0-9]-2008-*.log
My guess is it is desired to have each log compressed individually for easy "lookup" to review a single instance (?day?) should it be needed.
 
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My guess is it is desired to have each log compressed individually for easy "lookup" to review a single instance (?day?) should it be needed.
You are right. Indeed, the gzip command compresses files individually (unlike the zip command)!
 
  


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