Zutils 1.3-pre2 is ready for testing here

The sha1sum is:
c47ac9496fda3a162d98a752019589c7f74c4d5b  zutils-1.3-pre2.tar.lz

Please, test it and report any bugs you find.

Zutils is a collection of utilities able to deal with any combination of compressed and uncompressed 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, ztest and zupdate.
The supported formats are bzip2, gzip, lzip and xz.
The compressor to be used for each format is configurable at runtime.

Zcat, zcmp, zdiff, and zgrep are improved replacements for the shell scripts provided by GNU gzip. Ztest is unique to zutils. Zupdate is similar to gzip's znew.

The homepage is at http://www.nongnu.org/zutils/zutils.html

Changes in this version:

* Testsuite: two incomplete values of expected exit status producing sporadic failures of the tests have been fixed.

* It has been documented that the "--format" option does not verify the format of the corresponding file(s), allowing for example the processing of compress'd (.Z) files with gzip:
"zcmp --format=gz file.Z file.lz".

Antonio Diaz, zutils author and maintainer.

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