gzip: stdin: not in gzip format

Ever accidentally ran gunzip on non gzipped content? I’m sure you have. Here’s what would happen:

$ echo foo | gunzip

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format

To run gunzip only if necessary on stdin, you can do the following:

$ echo foo | zless | cat


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