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cli-tarHow do I open a tar.gz file using the command line?

The tar.gz file format is a combination of two different technologies, tar and gzip. tar is a program used to store multiple files in a single file, while gzip is a program used to compress files.

To open a tar.gz file using the command line, you can use the following command:

tar -xvzf <filename>.tar.gz

This command will extract the files within the tar.gz archive.

The command consists of four parts:

  • tar: The program used to extract the files from the archive
  • -x: Tells tar to extract the files
  • -v: Tells tar to display a verbose output
  • -z: Tells tar to unzip the archive
  • -f: Tells tar which file to extract

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