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Old 05-19-2002, 11:58 AM   #1
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Help with untaring files

Hello everyone,

I just installed redhat 7.2 on my system, and i am having a problem with untaring files.

for instance i try to untar a file:

tar -xvf file.tar.gz
and it comes up with this error:

tar:this does not look like a tar archive
tar:skipping to next header
tar:151garbarge bytes ignored at the end of archive
tar:error exit delayed from previous errors
plus, when i goto my home directoy and double click on a program, file.tar.gz i get :

nautilus has not installed a viewer capable of displaying "file.tar.gz"
[edit]plus i can't view whats inside rpm files, from my home directory, i'm guessing its the same problem which is causing the other problem.[/edit]

Does anyody know how to fix this or does anybody know a program to allow me to untar them etc.


Last edited by KevStA; 05-19-2002 at 12:04 PM.
Old 05-19-2002, 12:16 PM   #2
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For files ending with gzip, try tar xzvf ...

For files ending with bz2, try tar xjvf ...
Old 05-19-2002, 01:46 PM   #3
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file.tar.gz files are not only tar'ed, but "zipped" as well. You can do the above, with -xzvf, or, you can use gunzip...

>$ gunzip file.tar.gz
>$ tar -xvf file.tar
Old 05-19-2002, 01:53 PM   #4
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Try Using lnxzip.


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