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Old 01-20-2002, 03:10 PM   #1
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gzip-1.2.4.tar Install

I downloaded gzip-1.2.4.tar
I have tried to install it but get message:
gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: child returned status 1

Can anyone help, please??
Old 01-20-2002, 03:30 PM   #2
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If it's just a *.tar file (not *.tgz or *.tar.gz) you don't have to decompress it first. Just run a 'tar -xvf gzip-1.2.4.tar'

They didn't compress the file with gzip because that would be quite the mess if you needed gzip to install gzip!
Old 01-20-2002, 03:31 PM   #3
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gzip is a compression utility that is often used with tar to save transfer and download time. usually, you see packages as *.tar.gz - the gz being for the gzip compression. when you get the package, you run

tar -xzvf package.tar.gz

to decompress and untar it - it installs to a directory, usually. the 'z' option is for tar to run the tarball through the gzip filter first, which you don't have, and don't yet need. so, run

tar -xvf gzip-x.x.tar

to get it untarred, and then just follow the install instructions.
Old 01-20-2002, 10:44 PM   #4
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you may also see an error like that for a .gz file.

If you download a .gz file with netscape it will decompress it and keep the .gz in the name. If you run into this problem just rename the file

mv filename.tar.gz filename.tar


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