Handle Compressed and Uncompressed Files Uniformly

When looking at log files or other files that are compressed and rotated automatically, it's useful to be able to deal with them in a uniform fashion. The following bash function does that:

function data_source ()
{
 local F=$1

 # strip the gz if it's there
 F=$(echo $F | perl -pe 's/.gz$//')

 if [[ -f $F ]] ; then
  cat $F
 elif [[ -f $F.gz ]] ; then
  nice gunzip -c $F
 fi
}

Now, when you want to process the files, you can use:

for file in * ; do
 data_source $file | ...
done

If you have bzip2 files, just modify the data_source function to check for that also.

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