How to unTAR a .bz2 file in Linux

I always forget how to unTAR a .bz2 file – perhaps this little memory aid will help me remember for the future.

tar -xjvf filename.bz2

This will do the trick πŸ™‚ The key to the magic is to provide the j switch, which tells the TAR command to use bzip2 compression.

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