I want to emulate the functionality of gzcat | tail -n.
This would be helpful for times when there are huge files (of a few GB’s or so). Can I tail the last few lines of such a file w/o reading it from the beginning? I doubt that this won’t be possible since I’d guess for gzip, the encoding would depend on all the previous text.
But still I’d like to hear if anyone has tried doing something similar – maybe investigating over a compression algorithm that could provide such a feature.