How to Unarchive the content using unix

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How to Unarchive the content using unix


I have a tar file(test.tar). I want to unarchive this tar file. To do this, I use this command: tar -zxvf test.tar.

But I get this error,

"gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now"

Can some one help me in this,

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for just plain .tar files:
tar -xvf test.tar

for gzipped tar files .tar.gz
tar -zxvf test.tar.gz


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