Expands a compressed file to standard output.
zcat [ -n ] [ -V ] [ File ... ]
The zcat command allows the user to expand and view a compressed file without uncompressing that file. The zcat command does not rename the expanded file or remove the .Z extension. The zcat command writes the expanded output to standard output.
|-n||Omits the compressed file header from the compressed file.|
|-V||Writes the current version and compile options to standard error.|
|File ...||Specifies the compressed files to expand.|
If the zcat command exits with a status of 1 if any of the following events occur:
If no error occurs, the exit status is 0.
|>0||An error occurred.|
To view the foo.Z file without uncompressing it, enter:
The uncompressed contents of the foo.Z file are written to standard output. The file is not renamed.
The compress command, pack command, uncompress command, unpack command.
Commands Overview in AIX 5L Version 5.1 System User's Guide: Operating System and Devices.