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Can you post the actual command that you've been running? With a tar.gz file, you'd normally run something like tar -zxpf filename.tar.gz and with a tar.bz2 you'd normally run something like tar -jxpf filename.tar.bz2
what worked for me before was tar xzvf filename.tar.gz Im downloading themes from freshmeat, and thats the command it says to use on thier site so thats what i used. Ive never actually gotten a bz2 file to open but what i tried whats tar xvjf filename.tar.bz2.
what does the "-" in front of the "z" or "j" do? I tried to read through the tar man pages but it all looking like a strange language from a far off place.
-j, --bzip2 filter the archive through bzip2
same as --format=v7
control pax keywords
--posix same as --format=posix
filter through PROG (must accept -d)
-V, --label=TEXT create archive with volume name NAME. At
list/extract time, use TEXT as a globbing pattern
-z, --gzip, --gunzip, --ungzip filter the archive through gzip
-Z, --compress, --uncompress filter the archive through compress
the - lets it know that the next letter is a flag(how to act)
-j bzip2 ect ect
i dont know if it is any different but if i get stuck i try
this will give me the options
On your path just means that if you type bzip2 or gzip you don't get a command not found error. In other words, the commands are in one of the directories returned by echo $PATH. Does the tar command work with other tar.gz files? It may be a problem with sth-default-1.2.tar.gz.
Lastly, to copy/paste from a terminal I click and drag with the mouse to copy the text. Depending on your setup, click the right mouse button or click the mouse wheel to paste the text.
gzip: compressed data not written to a terminal. Use -f to force compression.
For help, type: gzip -h
bzip2: I won't write compressed data to a terminal.
bzip2: For help, type: `bzip2 --help'.
sweet, i got them in the path, and i can copy and paste, if only i could unpack a tarball
ryan@RyansBox:~$ tar xzvf crystal-moz15-default-1.0.tar.gz
tar: This does not look like a tar archive
tar: Skipping to next header
tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
tar: Read 1846 bytes from crystal-moz15-default-1.0.tar.gz
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
for fun i downloaded another tarball, same sort of outcome.