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______________ myFolder

What can I replace with _____ to recursively gzip every file starting at myFolder and have the gzip be overwrite the file (rename the gzip file to the original filename)?

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You could also try

 find myFolder -type f -exec gzip {} \; -exec mv {}.gz {} \;
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Aha, forgot about multiple -exec calls in find, me likey –  Wesley Mason Jul 31 '09 at 11:09


find myFolder -type f -exec gzip {} +
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Be aware that this will rename your files from myFile to myFile.gz –  Kristof Provost Jul 30 '09 at 10:42

A simple, not very elegant bash script is to simply cd in, gzip them all in a loop, and mv them back (gzip by default removes the non-compressed file):

cd myFolder
for f in `find ./ -type f`
    gzip $f
    mv $f.gz $f

Put that in a file called "gzip_and_rename.sh" for example, chmod -775 and run it like ./gzip_and_rename.sh (if running from within myFolder itself, remove the "cd myFolder" line from the script).

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And yes I do know backticks are evil, but as I said this is just a quick hack script. –  Wesley Mason Jul 30 '09 at 10:50
why are backticks evil, what do you replace them with ? –  Anonymous Jul 30 '09 at 13:36
See commandlinefu.com/commands/view/1387/backticks-are-evil –  Wesley Mason Jul 31 '09 at 10:13

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