Problems with .gz files

I have downloadet a file from the net with the extension .tar.gz.
I know what tar is, but what is .gz?
Is it a packer, and if it is whitch program should i use to unpack it?
if not what does .gz mean and how do i get access to the file?
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fsgreenCommented:
howdy,

.gz is a file compressed using the GNU gzip program.  type "gunzip".  i you get a command nt found, then you need to get gzip from the gun ftp site:

  prep.ai.mit.edu

if you have gunzip, uncompress the file and then untar as normal.

  doug.
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M.DijkgraafCommented:
You have to use the gzip program

after downloading a .gz file, give the command:

gzip -d [filename.gz]

it will unzip the file, and after that you may .e.g. untar it

regards!

Tom
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chnelsonCommented:
have you solved the problems of *.gz files? if not, give a email to me: chnelson@asiaonline.net
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