Extracting recursive compressed file directory structures for trace and log analysis

Often when given a CUCM SDL zip file with traces spanning multiple CUCM servers or trace files per server, the trace files provided are zipped.  If you want to use with a grep tool (grep, GrepWin, rummage, etc.), all files need to be recursively extracted and preferably maintain the folder structure to account for duplicate file names per server.

For completeness, here is how to do this on Linux for tar.gz, .gz and .zip files.  This suggests more esoteric log extraction could require more than one method.  xargs usage is fancy as it provides multi-processing support.


find sdl_dir/ -type f -name "*.gz" | xargs -P 5 -I fileName sh -c 'tar -xzf fileName -C $(dirname fileName)'

This retains the tarballs in their respective directories.


gunzip -r sdl_dir/

Gunzip doesn’t retain the .gz files – each compressed file is restored.


find sdl_dir/ -type f -name "*.zip" | xargs -P 5 -I fileName sh -c 'unzip -o -d $(dirname fileName) fileName'

This also retains zip files in their respective directories.

Note: these don’t handle nested compression, which is not an expected use case for CUCM SDL tracing.


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