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I'd like to gunzip a directory full of compressed files and pipe the output (preserving the original files) to a different directory. I need the original names to stay the same. So...

gunzip -c *.gz > file/path/filename 

# Search for all .gz in current directory and redirect output here. How do I grab the name of the file found using the wildcard?

Thank you for your help

Update: Final script below

FILES= /foo/bar/*.gz
for gz in $FILES; do
echo "unzipping $gz..." 1>&2
fn=$(basename $gz .gz)
gunzip -c $gz > /new/foobar/$fn
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What does this have to do with Python? Also, what do you mean by "preserving the original files"? – Blender Jun 21 '13 at 18:39
Apologies; just writing python, it was on the brain. What I mean by preserving original files is that gunzip typically deletes the compressed file and outputs a file that is not compressed (hence the -c flag) – KennyC Jun 21 '13 at 18:42
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You may want to use a shell script instead:

for f in *.gz
    zcat "$f" > "other/folder/$(basename "$f" ".gz")"
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With GNU Parallel you can do:

parallel gunzip -c {} '>' /new/foobar/{/.} ::: /foo/bar/*.gz

GNU Parallel takes literally 10 seconds to install:

wget -qO - | sh -x

Watch the intro videos to learn more:

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Installed GNU Parallel but am getting this error; parallel: Warning: Input is read from the terminal. Only experts do this on purpose. Press CTRL-D to exit. Is it a syntax problem? Can you provide insight with the edited script in the question? – KennyC Jun 24 '13 at 16:03
Post output of 'parallel --version'. If you did not install as mentioned above, you might be hit by… – Ole Tange Jun 24 '13 at 17:00
Installed as above; no mention of tollef GNU parallel 20130622 – KennyC Jun 24 '13 at 17:40
If it works with '--gnu' then you have a '--tollef' somewhere. – Ole Tange Jun 24 '13 at 18:08

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