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Most of the files at Garbo files are packed (also often called archived) entities. These are special formats of compressing files and packing several files together. This is usually standard knowledge for PC users. But if you are not familiar with the system, just ask a knowledgeable fellow user. What you need is the proper unpacking programs such as PKUNZIP, UNZIP, ARJ, ARC, PKXARC, PKUNPAK, PAK, LHARC, LHA, UC2, RAR, ZOO and so on. And, you will find all the necessary tools for handling packed files in the /pc/arcers directory. For example, if the extension is .zip, which is the most common option at Garbo archives, get the self-extracting
PKWARE zip un/archiver, with long filename support
unz552x3.exe Info-ZIP's self-extracting unzipper including 32-bit
Note that if you use an out-of-date PKUNZIP version, it may report a CRC error in your .zip file although the true reason for your problems is using the out-of-date version. Likewise, if you have failed to transfer the file in the binary mode, you may get an unexpected, illogical error message like "requires PKUNZIP 3.0 or higher version".
For the (now totally obsolete) Windows 3.1x environment use the
facilities from the /windows/arcers/
WinZip for Win 3.1 w/Built-in ZIP, TAR, gzip, compress
For the Windows Win9x/NT/2K/XP/2K3 etc. (i.e. the 32-bit) environment use the facilities from Garbo's /win95/arcers/ directory or from external sources such as the commercial WinZip or the freeware ZipCentral.
For the UNIX environment connect to Garbo's /unix/arcers/ directory or visit the external Info-ZIP site.
A: These formats (tar and Z) are (usually) UNIX files. The files with the .Z extension are compressed files which you'll need to uncompress. Uncompress is available as a standard feature on UNIX systems (try "man uncompress"). You can get it for MS-DOS as well e.g. as comp430d.zip. You can also use gzip124.zip (both for .Z and .gz files).
Tarred files with the extension of .tar ("tape archives") can be handled with a tar program on a UNIX system, or on MS-DOS with the utilities like tar4dos.zip or tar320g.zip. On UNIX try "man tar". Also see
What are and how to handle tar.Z and tar.gz files
A2: Uuencoding is a 7-bit format for sending files in ordinary ascii format. On a UNIX system see "man uudecode" and for MS-DOS get uuexe656.zip.