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Old 04-13-2005, 02:04 PM   #1
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how do I uncompress a file

Hi everyone! I have a very newb question.I have FD3 and need to know how to uncompress a file I downloaded.

Old 04-13-2005, 02:15 PM   #2
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You have several options, and I'll list a few:

-You should have an application called file-roller that is available on most fedora core 3 installs (I don't know what you did/did not install). It handles most compressed formats and is pretty self explanatory

-You also have the command "tar" from the console, if the file is a tar (most compressed linux stuff is). Type "man tar" for more information, or go to the manpages section of this website and search for it.

-My favourite: open up konqueror, navigate to the directory containing your file in question. Right click on the file and click "extract to" then "here."

Let me know if you have additional questions. Without any more information from you, that is as specific as I can be.

Enjoy Fedora! Great system...
Old 04-13-2005, 02:16 PM   #3
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What is the extension?

tar.gz - tar -xzf filename.tar.gz
tar.bz2 - tar -xjf filename.tar.bz2
zip - unzip
Old 04-13-2005, 02:20 PM   #4
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Old 04-13-2005, 02:22 PM   #5
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what's the file extension? is it also a tar file?

if the file was named something like foo.tar.gz then you would uncompress it and extract the files in the archive all at once by typing:

tar xvzf foo.tar.gz (you should execute this command in the directory where you want the archive extracted)

if it is just a single compressed file like foo.z then the command

uncompress foo

should do the trick.
Old 04-13-2005, 05:51 PM   #6
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I do have file roller.What I'm trying to do is install madwifi for my wireless card.I found a website with word for word directions{which I need}.On all the directions I read they say to uncompress the file first,but if file roller does it automatically then I should'nt have to mess with anything.Thanks for the quick responses.Hopefully I can get now.


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