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will unpack the compressed (bzipped) archived (tar'ed) files. This is just a way to bundle together a bunch of files and compress to save storage or bandwidth. Similar thing with gzip instead of bzip2 is also common, but bzip2 usually compresses better. Check man pages for bzip2, tar and gzip for full gory details.
I have tried both options, but in both cases it says that both of my files:
bzip2: Compressed file ends unexpectedly; perhaps it is corrupted? *possible* reason follows.
bzip2: Inappropriate ioctl for device
Input file = (stdin), output file = (stdout)
It is possible that the compressed files have become corrupted. You can use the -tvv option to test integrity of such files.
Well I have tried to use -ttv, but it keeps on spitting out syntax errors, I am pretty sure that they are okay, but I cannot be sure. I was wondering if this is the case, or it is my methods that are at fault.
The files are rp9codecs.tar.bz2 and mplayer-1.0pre1.tar.bz2
I have now managed to get bzip2recover to try and recover the file, all it has done though is extract the bz2 archive into 22 smaller archives, whitout wanting to sound rude, what do I do with this, as it is of no help at all!!