bzip2: How install and use to unpack Cygnus Perl?

Earnie Boyd
Wed Mar 8 05:07:00 GMT 2000

--- James E Keenan <> wrote:
> For the purpose of unpacking "perl5.005_03-cygwinb20-dynamic-v1.4.tar.bz2",
> I have downloaded "bzip2095d_win32.exe" from the cygnus site.  I've also
> printed out and studied the bzip2 site.  But I apparently do not have this
> properly installed on my Win98 computer, because I'm getting no results.
> The bzip2 site does not contain any instruction on this elementary problem.
> So let me ask 2 very elementary questions:
> 1.    What directory should it be installed in?

Your choice, put it somewhere on your PATH.

> 2.    Do I run it from the Cygnus BASH prompt or from a DOS prompt?

Yes. Either.

> 3.    Is there anything else I will have to do after running it to further
> unpack and set up the cygwin perl build?

cp bzip2.exe bunzip2.exe

bunzip2 file.tar.bz2 && tar -xvf file.tar


bunzip2 -c -k file.tar.bz2 | tar -xv

-c = output to stdout
-k = keep the file

> I need to solve these problems so that I can delve into studying Perl under
> the BASH prompt via Cygnus.  Thank you very much.

Happy studying,

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