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As long as you're willing to try out non-core modules (even though you might have limited ability to install them), you should actually try PerlIO::gzip -- it implements gzip compression and uncompression as a PerlIO layer, so you can do things like:
use PerlIO::gzip; open( ICMP, "<:gzip", "sometext.gz" ); open( OCMP, ">:gzip", "chosenlines.gz" ); while (<ICMP>) { print OCMP if /something matches/; } close OCMP;
In other words, this creates an i/o layer that handles the compression for you, on input, output or both, and you just handle the data as if compression were not a factor.

I can't wait for this to be part of the core distro.

(update: corrected the spelling on the cpan link)

UPDATE: (2010-10-18) It seems that PerlIO::gzip should be viewed as superseded by PerlIO::via:gzip. (see PerlIO::gzip or PerlIO::via::gzip).


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