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how to unpack

KDE - Jul 4 2009
Question:what does unpack mean and how do u do it im new to ubantu beginner

Answer:"Unpack" means to extract files from an archive file. They're often compressed containers (like Zip files) but there are lots of different versions (gzip, bzip, tar, 7zip...).

Assuming you're using Gnome: To 'unpack' from Nautilus, you can just right-click on the file and click "Extract here", or double-click on the file to open it in File Roller, which behaves like WinZip and other Windows programs (select the files and click "Extract" then pick a folder to extract them to).

Assuming you're using KDE: There will be something similar to Gnome.


"Tar" packs files together in a "Tape ARchive" (an old phrase from when it was easier to put one large container on a tape rather than different files). It doesn't compress the data.

BZip, GZip, 7Zip and others compress the data. Some of them can only compress one file at once (e.g. BZip and GZip) so you have to TAR the files together first, hence why you see .tar.gz and .tar.bz2.

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 A little more help...

 by AstroB0I on: Jul 16 2009
Score 38%

That was a useless answer for a self confessed beginner - I apologize on his behalf if it was no help to you.

To "unpack" a file, "cd" to the directory containing the file, then type 'tar -xf filename.tar.gz' replacing the filename.tar.gz with the actual filename.

Hope that's more help to you.

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 Re: A little more help...

 by Padster on: Jun 15 2010
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how is it no help? he said he's a beginner, so what if he's not using tar format, or doesn't want to use a terminal? right clicking and doing "extract here" is the easiest way.


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