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RE: tar zxvf won't work with Redhat generated compressed tar file

Ran this command on Cygwin64

$file mytar.gz
mytar.gz: gzip compressed data, from Unix

Did you want  me to run this command on Linux?


> Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:18:09 +0200
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> Subject: Re: tar zxvf won't work with Redhat generated compressed tar file
>> I have an old CentOS system, so I copied an existing gzipped tarball from it to my Cygwin and had no difficulties exploding that file. It had extension '.tgz'. Copied it to '.tar.gz' and still had no issue with it.
>> What version of RedHat are you using, and what command(s) created the compressed tarball you're having difficulty with?
>> If you run the 'file' command on the tarball file, what does 'file' say it contains?
>> rake-0.8.4.tar.gz: gzip compressed data, last modified: Wed Mar 4 07:31:25 2009, from Unix
>> Note that some flavors of tar don't have a very powerful compression library, and some don't have one at all. For those old ones you may be forced to use gunzip to get the tarball into a form the old tar understands. (My ancient CentOS box has it, though.)
> I agree with you Joi. Tar relies on content of file not extension.
> Murthy, tell us what file yourfile.tar.gz does say ?
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