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    Default Unzipping tar.xz

    Hi guys,

    I'm trying to unzip a tar.xz (file is to get the imagemagick package) but I can't figure out how.

    Through researching, I've learned that xz isn't part of the native tar package, so I downloaded the xz-utils source and installed that. And all the commands I find are along the lines of
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    ~$ tar -xvJf [filename].tar.xz
    to unzip. I keep trying it and getting the following error:

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    tar: invalid option -- J
    I've searched the forum and couldn't find any reference to this. I've searched the Ubuntu forums and couldn't find anything. And Google search got me the rest of the information I have acquired, but it's still not working. How can I unzip tar.xz files in BT4 RC2?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Unzipping tar.xz

    If you installed zx-utils then checkout:
    http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/...man1/xz.1.html
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    Default Re: Unzipping tar.xz

    Thank you for the link. I didn't realize I had to use "xz" itself to run it (make sense now). Everything I found showed it as being an add-on to tar.

    I successfully unzipped the tar.xz file to just a .tar file, and then tar -xvf took care of that.

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