I used command

The URL the data is located at.


Downloading and unpack the data.

curl -s $URL | tar zxv I got error gzip: stdin: unexpected end of file tar: Child returned status 1 tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

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It works for me. Is it possible you have a bad network connection? Try to download the file first, and then unpack it, e.g.

wget http://data.biostarhandbook.com/rnaseq/projects/griffith/griffith-data.tar.gz
tar zxvf griffith-data.tar.gz && rm -f griffith-data.tar.gz

I tried the same example you gave:

curl -s http://data.biostarhandbook.com/rnaseq/projects/griffith/griffith-data.tar.gz | tar zxv

and got it working correctly as seen here:

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If this is still not working, it might be something blocking you from downloading it or having correct access to it.

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