bzcat is a Linux command that is used to display the contents of a compressed
.bz2 file without decompressing it. It is similar to the
zcat command, which is used to display the contents of a compressed
.gz file without decompressing it. The
bzcat command is useful when you want to quickly view the contents of a compressed file without having to decompress it first.
bzcat command is used in the following format:
bzcat [options] filename.bz2
filename.bz2 is the name of the compressed file that you want to view.
Suppose you have a compressed file named
file.bz2 and you want to view its contents without decompressing it. You can use the following command:
This will display the contents of the
file.bz2 file on the terminal.
Specific Use Cases
bzcatcan be used to view the contents of a compressed file without decompressing it, which can save time and disk space.
- It can be used to quickly check the contents of a compressed file before decompressing it.
bzcatcan be used in shell scripts to process compressed files without having to decompress them first.
The following table lists the available options for the
||Write output to standard output instead of a file.|
||Force decompression of
||Display a help message and exit.|
||Keep the input file(s) intact.|
||Silent mode. Suppress error messages.|
||Display version information and exit.|
- If you see an error message that says “bzcat: filename.bz2 is not a bzip2 file”, it means that the file you are trying to view is not a valid compressed file. Check the file extension and make sure that it is
- If you see an error message that says “bzcat: Can’t open input file filename.bz2: No such file or directory”, it means that the file you are trying to view does not exist in the current directory. Check the spelling of the filename and make sure that you are in the correct directory.
bzcatcommand is part of the
bzip2package, which is usually pre-installed on most Linux distributions.
- When using
bzcatto view the contents of a compressed file, the output is sent to the terminal by default. If you want to save the output to a file, you can use the
>operator to redirect the output to a file. For example:
bzcat file.bz2 > output.txt
This will save the output of the
bzcat command to a file named