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I have been asked to extract a ZIP file having in it 3 tar files and each tar file contains around 3000 gz files.

I had to extract the main ZIP file first then extract the tar files second then extract the gz files which took a time for me.

Is there a way to extract such file with one click? I am using Windows and probably the file was compressed using a linux

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What program are you using for 'unzipping'? Have you tried 7-zip? –  mirkobrankovic Jun 17 '13 at 6:56
    
in fact the problem here is how to extract thousands of archived packages at the same time - which might take a lot of time. i imagine there are no parts of archives involved, but just simple archived folders/files. i doubt there is any solution which may shorten the necessary time for extracting so many archived files, but as far as 'one clicking' is concerned, select all and right-click 'extract here' may be the closest. 7-zip will act as a file manager/browser when opening the archive, it would navigate down to the last level of the archives where such commands could be issued –  cipricus Jun 17 '13 at 7:10
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I'm not aware of a "one-click" solution, but 7-Zip (http://www.7-zip.org/) is always my go-to applicaion in Windows for extracting archives. It supports all the formates you lised in your question.

A quick search for "7-zip recursive extract" led me straight to this answer here: http://superuser.com/a/248349/201432. If you feel confident enough with command-line scripting, you might be able to apply that answer to your archive.

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