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    Hello all,

    I have been looking for information on these .tar files. I know that they are Unix version of .zip (right?) Well what I am trying to do is download some perl scripts to use on my website hosted on a Unix server. My PC uses Windows 98 an won't recognize the .tar files for me to open them.

    I have asked elsewhere and was told I need to upload the .tar file to my website and unzip it there. I can understand how this works as for the file opening creating the correct directories. I then learned that opening them has something to do with telnet. I downloaded the two programs suggested from a previous post here, but this telnet stuff is way over my head. I can't find anything that explains to me the generic introduction to telnet, an I really can't take the time to spend on this stuff. All I want to do is get the perl script, I have no problem uploading the scripts manualy. Can anyone tell me what I can do? I find that the best scripts are in tar, and it's torture not to be able to use them.

    With this telnet, can I have someone else go to my site an open the tar file for me?

    Thanks,
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    SitePoint Zealot Tiger_Tom's Avatar
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    Have you got WinZip? That usually works OK. Sometimes doesn't.

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    SitePoint Zealot oodie's Avatar
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    Yes, Winzip should be able to open .tar files. If you still unable to extract them, send the files to me. I'll convert them to .zip

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    Use WinRar. This Zip tool can extract .tar files perfectly. It's what I'm using as well.

    http://www.rar.de or go to download.com and search for 'winrar'

    Edit:

    This the link to the English version of WinRar 2.71: http://www.rar.de/winrar_downloads/wrar271_englisch.exe


    [Edited by Elledan on 10-11-2000 at 09:07 AM]
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    I've never had a problem with WinZip opening .tar files. I almost always unzip them, edit as necessary, and then upload manually.

    If you don't have WinZip, you can download it off of most shareware listing sites.

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    Winzip will ALWAYS open a correctly formatted tar file. However, if there are errors in the file, only certian versions of winzip will work.
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    if you have a telnet account, you might as well upload the .tar.gz file to your webserver, then unzip it there through telnet. This saves all the trouble of uploading all the different files and screwing around with ascii and binary.

    here is one way to unzip through telnet

    go to the directory where the .tar.gz is, then type in the following:

    tar xzf file.tar.gz

    If this doesnt work, try the next two lines:

    gunzip file.tar.gz
    tar xf file.tar
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    One of the best archiving/unarchiving tools I have ever seen is called Winace http://www.winace.com/. It can read almost any type of compression scheme including ZIP, RAR, JAR and other even more obscure schemes...give it a shot.

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    I have used it recently and it doesn;t seem as reliable as WinZip. Just my 2 cents!
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    Another one is... http://www.ezip.com -- free.

    [Edited by etLux on 10-26-2000 at 02:42 PM]


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