Compress + Base64 encode a (log) file to allow copy via SSH

Sometimes I need to move files from a server on which I have SSH access but these files are big and or have complex formatting which breaks if you just try and copy\paste the contents

So, if we gzip  the file then base64 encode this compressed file we now have a string thats much smaller than the original and it's in a format thats much more conducive to being copied to the clipboard

To compress and encode a file out to stdout

cat file.log | gzip | base64 -w0

To decompress and base64 decode the file

cat file.log.base64 | base64 -d | gunzip > file.log