ARCHIVED: In Unix, how can I uncompress *.Z or *.tar.Z files?

If you are on a Unix system, to uncompress *.Z or *.tar.Z files, at the shell prompt, enter:

  uncompress *.Z

Use the ls command to check the resulting files. If uncompress creates a .tar file, you must extract the files by entering:

  tar -xvf *.tar

Alternatively, to do this in one step and avoid creating the intermediate *.tar file, enter:

  zcat *.Z | tar -xvf -

For more information, refer to the online manual by entering:

  man tar
  man uncompress
  man zcat

At Indiana University, for personal or departmental Linux or Unix systems support, see At IU, how do I get support for Linux or Unix?

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Last modified on 2015-03-31 00:00:00.

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