I frequently use the commands like

find . ! -iname "*test*" -o -iname "*foo*" | xargs zgrep -ie first.*last -e last.*first

I use zgrep because it can grep through .gz files, and if the files aren't gzipped it simply uses grep. However I frequently get

gzip: copy.txt.gz: No such file or directory

logs that clutter the output of my searches. Is there any way to mute these gzip logs?

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You can redirect the command standard error output to the null device.

find . ! -iname "*test*" -o -iname "*foo*" | xargs zgrep -ie first.*last -e last.*first 2>/dev/null 

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