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So I downloaded this *.tar.gz and typed: tar xzvf <filename>.tar.gz and it comes back with: gzip: stdin: not in gzip format tar: Child returned status 1 tar: Error exit delayed ...
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    not in gzip format


    So I downloaded this *.tar.gz and typed:
    tar xzvf <filename>.tar.gz
    and it comes back with:

    gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
    tar: Child returned status 1
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

    I downloaded this from an ftp with Opera. I tried searching sites and forums, but could get no real answers, except some site saying I could try "fixgz", which was a small program it showed in a seperate window...however, I don't know how to turn that into a working program anyway.

    help? it's dark out here...i think i hear wolves...

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    Try renaming the file from tar.gz to tar.bz2 and then run bunzip2.

    Or rename the file from tar.gz to .tar and run tar xf

    Armage

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    Hello,

    I have this same problem.

    Renaming the file is not the solution. Tar or bunzip2 will just tell you that the file is not a tar or buznip2 file.

    Perhaps there is a bug in the gzip program.

    Either way, this issue makes certain aspects of using Linux a real pain.

    Anyone know if the gzip program is just really buggy or is there some other issue.

    -Jose

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    So I downloaded this *.tar.gz and typed:
    tar xzvf <filename>.tar.gz
    and it comes back with:

    gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
    tar: Child returned status 1
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
    you made a wrong.do the following :
    Code:
    gunzip *.tar.gz
    and then :
    Code:
    tar -xvf *.tar
    then :
    Code:
    cd <folder name of file?
    and finally :
    Code:
    ./configure && make && make install
    that's all!
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    Well,

    I found the problem I was having.

    I was using wget to retrieve the file.

    What I noticed is that the header was wrong.

    I actually did not have a gzip file.

    Perhaps the same thing had happened to the original poster's file. It came down with the wrong header/file type.

    -Jose

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    i agree with that but look at what he wrote:
    tar xzvf <filename>.tar.gz
    i don't think it's the right way to install.......
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    Check what type of file it actually is
    Code:
    $ file somefile.tar.gz
    file is foo
    --monkey

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    i think it's .tar.gz ...what else could be?or maybe .tar.bz2..
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    i had the same problem. what i did was i renamed the file <filename>.tar (i took off the .gz) and then entered "tar xf <filename>.tar" and it worked fine.

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