Version 1.0-rc6 of zutils is ready for testing here

The md5sums are:
224e739b1004c6ed2eab2a9716c61cbd  zutils-1.0-rc6.tar.lz
873fa03a8c22bdfd7bd3358282368dbd  zutils-1.0-rc6.tar.gz

Please, test it and report any bugs you find.

Zutils is a collection of utilities able to deal with any combination of compressed and non-compressed files transparently. If any given file, including standard input, is compressed, its decompressed content is used. Compressed files are decompressed on the fly; no temporary files are created.

These utilities are not wrapper scripts but safer and more efficient C++ programs. In particular the "--recursive" option is very efficient in those utilities supporting it.

The provided utilities are zcat, zcmp, zdiff, zgrep and ztest.
The supported formats are bzip2, gzip, lzip and xz.

Zcat, zcmp, zdiff and zgrep are improved replacements for the shell scripts provided with GNU gzip. Ztest is unique to zutils.

The homepage is at

Changes in this version:

* Decompressors are now invoked without the "-q" option except if explicitly requested, as some simplified implementations do not accept it.

This version is also available in lzip format. In the improbable case that lzip is not packaged in your distro, you can download it from

Antonio Diaz, zutils author and maintainer.

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