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Old 10-14-2003, 12:47 AM   #1
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extracting .bz2 files

So, how does one extract .bz2 files?
Old 10-14-2003, 01:11 AM   #2
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tar jxvf packagename.tar.bz2

for .gz files

tar cxvf packagename.tar.gz

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Old 10-14-2003, 04:23 AM   #3
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Originally posted by rahulsundaram

for .gz files

tar cxvf packagename.tar.gz
Umm, I'm pretty sure that for tar.gz files you go

tar zxvf packagename.tar.gz

See 'tar --help' for more info.

Also it's useful to remember that what you're actually doing is decompressing the tar file, and THEN unpacking the tar file.

If you see a file like readme.txt.bz2 then it's probably a text file that has been bzipped (not packed into a tar file). So in this case you decompress the file by going

bzip2 -d readme.txt.bz2 which will leave you with readme.txt (readme.txt.bz2 will be gone).
Old 10-14-2003, 05:14 AM   #4
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Yeah. The -c switch is for creating a tar archive.
Old 10-16-2003, 10:23 PM   #5
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oops i goofed up sorry

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