XZ is another compression method used to compress data. There are several ways on how to decompress XZ archive on Linux. For a tarball XZ compressed archive first try a tar command with xf options. This way a tar command will try automatically guess a compression method. Before you run the above command firs install XZ tools:
# apt-get install xz-utils
Otherwise, you will receive error message output:
tar (child): xz: Cannot exec: No such file or directory
tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
To extract XZ tarball run:
$ tar xf myarchive.tar.xz
If from some reason tar command fails to detect a correct decompression method use J directly specify XZ compression:
$ tar xJf myarchive.tar.xz
Next, solutions is to use XZ decompression tool unxz. It will first decompress XZ compression and leave you with a uncompressed tarball:
$ unxz myarchive.tar.xz
$ ls
 myarchive.tar
Of course the last XZ decompression method will work not only for tarball but for any other XZ compressed data.
FIND LATEST LINUX JOBS on LinuxCareers.com
Submit your RESUME, create a JOB ALERT or subscribe to RSS feed.
LINUX CAREER NEWSLETTER
Subscribe to NEWSLETTER and receive latest news, jobs, career advice and tutorials.
DO YOU NEED ADDITIONAL HELP?
Get extra help by visiting our LINUX FORUM or simply use comments below.

You may also be interested in: