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Re: Best way to associate .tar.gz with "tar -xzf"?

On Thu, 6 Feb 2003, Jamshid Afshar wrote:

> On Windows XP, I created a .tar.gz file type under Folder Options=>File
> Types tab. I then set the "Opens with" to a one-line batch file
> wintargz.bat:
>   FOR %%F IN (%1) DO pushd %%~pF && tar -xvzf %%~nxF
> This allows double-clicking on a foo.tar.gz file to automatically cause it
> to be uncompressed and untarred. FYI, it is necessary to cd to that
> directory and untar only the filename portion without the path, otherwise
> you get the error appended below.
> Just thought I would share this. Maybe somebody has a better way to
> associate cygwin utilities with the Windows explorer.
> --Jamshid
> W:\Downloads>tar -tzf W:\Downloads\privoxy-3.0.0-stable-src.tar.gz
> tar (child): Cannot execute remote shell: No such file or directory
> tar (child): W\:\\Downloads\\privoxy-3.0.0-stable-src.tar.gz: Cannot open:
> I/O error
> tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
> gzip: stdin: unexpected end of file
> tar: Child returned status 2
> tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors


This happens because "tar" doesn't understand Windows paths.  Since you're
using extended syntax anyway, you could try

FOR /F "usebackq delims=|" %%F IN (`cygpath -u %1`) DO pushd %%~pF && tar -xvzf %%~nxF

Any other POSIX-illegal filename character can be used in place of "|".
P.S. This probably won't work on Windows 9x.
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     |,4-  ) )-,_. ,\ (  `'-'		Igor Pechtchanski
    '---''(_/--'  `-'\_) fL	a.k.a JaguaR-R-R-r-r-r-.-.-.  Meow!

Oh, boy, virtual memory! Now I'm gonna make myself a really *big* RAMdisk!
  -- /usr/games/fortune

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