How to Unpack a Tarball (.tgz, tar.gz, or tar.bz2)

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Unpacking a tarball through the command line is a simple a matter of memorization.  Here is the command to unpack a .tgz or .tar.gz file:

tar -xzf 

To unpack tar.bz2 files, simply change the z to a j:

tar -xjf 
Upon running one of these commands you should see an extracted version of the directory without the .tar.gz or .tgz extension.
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Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2012 20:03  
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