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Old 05-08-2012, 10:09 AM   #1
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Question How to convert a .bz2 file to a human-readable form in Windows 7 Professional


Nothing to do with tar please, as I don't know how to convert my .bz2 file to a .tar.bz2 file.
I tried WINRAR, Peazip, 7zip, WinSCP etc. but when I try to open the file, it opens up as symbols, numbers and random letters. Any help would be appreciated.
 
Old 05-08-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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Code:
bunzip2 FILENAME.bz2
will extract the file.
 
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:15 AM   #3
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it opens as symbols?? What does that mean? In Notepad?? quite possible the file is just wrongly named, and windows is just stupid when it comes to recognizing what a file actually IS.

tar is used to colelct multple files into a single archive

bzip2 / gzip is used to compress a file, hence you bzip2 a single tar file.

So maybe you're just loading the tar file as if it were a file to open? 7zup certainly can handle the file if it is what it says it is.
 
Old 05-08-2012, 08:28 PM   #4
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You can double check on the Linux box by using the 'file' cmd eg
Code:
file myfile.bz2
That should be able to tell you what you've really got there.
http://linux.die.net/man/1/file
 
Old 05-08-2012, 11:48 PM   #5
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the windows version of 7-zip will open a bz2
some of the folder structure might get lost


file.bz2 might turn into
file.tar
then 7-zip can open that

/file.tar/file
 
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My experience is the same as John's in that 7-zip works just fine. Once open in the 7-zip manager if presented with a single tar file simply double click again and it will take you into the
file and show the contents.
 
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Hi,
I used the bunzip2 command to extract the file, then re-downloaded WinSCP, and that seemed to do the trick. Thank you for your help!
 
  


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