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Is there a way to determine the decompressed size of a .bz2 file?

Is there a way to determine the decompressed size of a .bz2 file?

Is there a way to print the decompressed size of a .bz2 file without actually decompressing the entire thing?

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"As noted by others, bzip2 doesn't provide much information. But this technique works -- you will have to decompress the file, but you won't have to write the decompressed data to disk, which may be a ""good enough"" solution for you:

$ ls -l foo.bz2
-rw-r--r-- 1 ~quack ~quack 2364418 Jul 4 11:15 foo.bz2

$ bzcat foo.bz2 | wc -c # bzcat decompresses to stdout, wc -c counts bytes
2928640 # number of bytes of decompressed data

You can pipe that output into something else to give you a human-readable form:

$ ls -lh foo.bz2
-rw-r--r-- 1 quack quack 2.3M Jul 4 11:15 foo.bz2

$ bzcat foo.bz2 | wc -c | perl -lne 'printf(""%.2fM\n"", $_/1024/1024)'
2.79M"