rizzy has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I have about 3500 tar.gz files which each contain several thousand text files which I want to parse to look for keywords. Right now, I'm unzipping and decompressing each of the archives, parsing each text file, and then deleting everything and moving on to the next file. Is it possible to parse (using simple regular expressions) one of these archives without unzipping/decompressing? A colleague mentioned that you can use pipes to do this with certain types of archives. Much of the time in running my code is spent unzipping, etc. I couldn't find any info using the super search or google, so maybe it isn't possible.