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Out of interest, I just tried this:
I put file:///home/tredegar/linux into moxilla-firefox (v 1.07). There's a .tar.gz file listed. When I click on it I get a dialogue box: "You have chosen to open a gzip archive...". I chose "Open with Archive Manager (Default)".
I can then browse the archive, and read it. Oddly, for the README file in the archive, I have to specify kwrite as the thing to open it with.
So I do not understand your problem.
Could I ask, is that what you were doing - using external viewers?
Nope, it's plain old mozilla-firefox 1.02 that came with Mandrake 2005LE. Nothing special has been added. Maybe yours is different?
It also works just fine in konqueror, where clicking on the .tar.gz file listed shows me that it contains a directory, I can drag this to my desktop, and choose "Copy", or click on it to open it and see its contents with konq. The README opens in kwrite, my preferred editor. Maybe you should try using konq? Sorry I can't be more helpful.
Originally posted by tredegar Glad you fixed it. Please post what you did to solve the problem, so others can benefit.
Installed the program 'file-roller'. When a tar or gzip, etc file is clicked to open it in Mozilla file roller opens with the tar file's, say, contents displayed in its window (probably have to set this up in the edit->preferences->helper applications dialog). Then simply click the desired file to open it in the application. (Unfortunately, when not in ubuntu, but in Debian Sarge it opens in Open Office instead. No doubt being dim but have'nt worked out how to fix this. However can get round it by right clicking on the file in file-roller and choosing open and then choosing mozilla.)