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A *.tar.gz file needs to be unzipped & then untarred. Previously I might have unzipped first with
gunzip -d file.tar.gz
and then untarred the result with
tar -xvf file.tar
(Options are extract, verbose, file)
Using the -z (decompress) option on tar avoids the use of gzip (or gunzip) first.
Additionally the -C option will specify the directory to extract to.
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