To unpack a tar archive, you need to use the -x option (for extract):
[email protected]:~/temp> tar -xvf directory.tar or [email protected]:~/temp> tar -zxvf directory.tgz or [email protected]:~/temp> tar -jxvf directory.tar.bz2 Here the options have the following meanings:
♦ The -x option to tar means "extract."
♦ The z option implies that you are uncompressing a tar archive where gzip compression has been used.
♦ The j option is needed if you are extracting an archive where bzip2 compression has been used.
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