Figured this out a bit.

To extract files that are bound up in tar files.

If the file is a filename.tar.gz then:

tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz

This z (gunzips) x (extracts) v (verbosely) f (the file) [file].

Or if it's just a filename.tar then:

tar -xvf filename.tar

This x (extracts) v (verbosely) f (the file) [file].

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