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I have downloaded several .tar.gz files containing source code for various packages. When I try to unzip them (using zcat <filename>, tar -zxvf <filename>, or gunzip <filename>) I ger the following error: invalid compressed data--format violated.
I doubt that every file I've downloaded is corrupt, so what simple stupid mistake am I making to cause this error to keep coming up?
Thanks for the help everyone, but I was overcomplicating things. When I was transfering the file from the windows machine where it resides, not transfering in binary cause some data errors. Once I figured that out, and re-transfered the file, all was well.