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  • How do I open a TGZ file?

    Greetings,

    I just downloaded a TGZ file, but Windows Vista won't open it. Do I have to download an extractor program? Does anyone have any recommendations?

    Thanks,
    Shane.
    Windows Vista Home Premium

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    Originally posted by sgoodman View Post
    Greetings,

    I just downloaded a TGZ file, but Windows Vista won't open it. Do I have to download an extractor program? Does anyone have any recommendations?

    Thanks,
    Shane.
    Windows Vista Home Premium
    Have a trawl around this site.
    It's an older compression format.

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    • #3
      7-zip is a good open source tool for this.

      7-Zip

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      • #4
        I'll second the recommendation for 7-zip on Windows.

        .tgz a shorter form of .tar.gz , and is actually the result of 2 processes: archiving (tar) and compression (gz).

        "gz" is short for "GZip", which is a fast compression algorithm that is extremely widely used.

        "tar" is a file format for archiving: it rolls multiple files into a single file, but doesn't compress the files. That's why .tar.gz / .tgz files are quite common: tar is useful for combining many files into one, and gzip is useful for compressing them.

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        • #5
          I Downloaded 7-Zip

          I've downloaded 7-Zip and it's worked well.

          The last time I've had to use an extractor, I bought WinZip, but I wasn't in the mood to spend $30 for something I would only use once.

          Thanks,
          Shane.

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          • #6
            Yeah, WinZip's an old and crusty product. Considering all of the free and open-source alternatives that are available, I don't know how WinZip is still in business.

            I also don't understand why Windows doesn't natively support common compression or archive formats such as tar, gzip, bzip, rar, etc. What a failure on Microsoft's part.

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