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How to I open a .tar file?

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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
I beleive .tar files are the unix equivlent of the windows .zip file  http://www.extropia.com/support/faq/whatdoidowithatarfile.html

I don't beleive you can open a .tar in windows (if you are using unix ignore this)

eb
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Tar files are just files containing other files and are definitely used heavily on *nix environments.  However, you can open them in Windows using Winzip or a windows version of TAR.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
And other programs like WinRAR and such can probably handle them.
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fredshovelCommented:
7-Zip will open tar files in Windows: http://www.7-zip.org/
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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
I stand corrected apparently you can open a .tar in Windows.

eb
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
http://www.winzip.com/wzdifs.htm

TAR ("Tape ARchive") is an old file format that is used to group files together. It does not provide compression. WinZip supports all operations on TAR files except creating new TAR files and adding to TAR files.

See also Tar for Windows
http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/tar.htm
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abpowellAuthor Commented:
I've tried WinZip.  It won't open it.  Says "error reading heading after processing 0 entries".  I am using the evaluation version.  I've got stuffit also but I unstalled it because it seemed to be causing some problems.  I don't believe those problems were coming from Stuffit now but I'm still hesitant to reinstall unless I really need to.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
So try tar for windows.  I gave the link.

Though if Winzip won't open it you may have a corrupt file.
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XY_GTCommented:
By far the easiest way to open .tar files is WinRAR (In my opinion). You can read more about winrar at http://www.rarlab.com/index.htm and the direct download link is at http://www.rarlab.com/rar/wrar36b5.exe.

There should be no issues with other programs either.
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pendulumxCommented:
I agree with using WinRAR. I have dealt with .tar (and more usually .tar.gz, which is a .tar file compressed with gzip AFAIK) files that I've needed to install on my Unix machine but have opened them in Windows first - I have always used WinRAR with no problems.
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ded9Commented:
www.winace.com

Check out this software

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psd_steveCommented:
will have to concur with ded9, winace   rocks!

Steve
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ded9Commented:
Reps

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ncbowdenCommented:
Hi,

Microsoft provide Unix Services for Windows (for free). This contains the TAR utility, as well as a number of other Unix utilities (e.g. grep) that Windows is missing.

Find out more at : http://www.microsoft.com/technet/interopmigration/unix/sfu/default.mspx

Nigel
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LilCommented:
On a windows machine one program opens all tar progrs -winrar.

 http://winrar.com

 
PS Onceyou will try to use this program, you may never go back to winzip. ANother to try is WinACE bu that Iam not sure.

Cheers,
~Lil
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abpowellAuthor Commented:
Sorry so late with points.  Got held up out of town with no access.  Thanks for the info
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