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Old 05-08-2002, 03:54 PM   #1
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Unhappy gzip


I have download the tar file for gzip and have "./configure" 'd
it and it works with .c files and other sorts but not with tar.gz which is why i downloaded gzip in the first place to do.

Any help would be appriciated.


Old 05-08-2002, 04:04 PM   #2
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to unzip your file.

1. gunzip (your file)

to untar/extract your file to the current directory

2. tar xvf (your file)

to do both at the same time

tar xzvf (your file)
Old 05-19-2002, 05:37 AM   #3
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Are you useing a GUI? Gnome, KDE, etc? If so, I might have a better solution for you. Download File Roller from:

I fiddled with compressed files in Gnome until I got them to work like WinZip. (I like knowing how to do things in terminal, but I installed a GUI for a reason)

After installing File Roller, (sorry, this first one you've gotta do manually) I changed the file associations for each compressed file type. (In Gnome): Main Menu > Programs > Settings > File Types and Programs. Click on each file type, ex.- "gzip-compressed file", then "edit list" > "Add Application" > enter an application name "File Roller" for example, then enter the location of the File Roller launch file. For example, mine is /usr/local/bin/file-roller and I think that was the default directory that File Roller installed itself into anyway. Check off "can open multiple files" & "can open from URI" and hit OK. Finally, back in the File types & programs window, click on File Roller in the default action area until it shows up next to the application/x-gzip MIME type at the top. If done correctly, any time you click on a *.tar.gz file, it will open it with File Roller which gives you more control over it's decompression. You can repeat this process for any compressed file type that File Roller supports. Sorry for the long drawn out explaination, it was a problem that took me a while to solve.
Old 05-19-2002, 09:42 AM   #4
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I have found that archiver rules too. I just can't seem to find where to d/l a copy of it. It is on my install CD's though, but I don't think it's name is archiver (maybe it is, can't really remember). But it has a Winzip type interface too if that's what you want.


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