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Failure to untar() a *.tar.gz file

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Chris Endemann
Chris Endemann on 2 Jul 2019
Answered: Robert on 18 May 2022
For some reason, I am unable to untar a handful of random *.tar.gz files using Matlab's untar() function.
My error message is as follows:
"Error using untar (line 82)
In 'MATLAB:untar:invalidTarFile', data type supplied is incorrect for parameter {0}."
These are local files with no URL involved. I can untar manually just fine using 7zip. Please advise.

Answers (2)

Yogesh Khurana
Yogesh Khurana on 24 Jul 2019
untar() only accepts character vector or scalar string as data-types for the filename. Please check the data-type of filename you are sending to the function.
For more information please refer to following link:
Chris Endemann
Chris Endemann on 24 Jul 2019
I am handing the function a character vector in all cases.
Hemanth Gouru
Hemanth Gouru on 21 Apr 2022
now is there any alternative to untar thta would work properly?

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Robert on 18 May 2022
Your file is tarred, but also gzipped, so this should work:
myFile = "C:\Files\test.tar.gz";
tarFile = gunzip(myFile); % Gives a cell array of file names.


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