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atool is a script for managing file archives of various types such as .zip, tar.gz and all other formats. From the article:

Atool uses other tools behind the scenes to perform the heavy lifting. With atool, you can handle any archive without having to remember what command-line tool to use to expand it and which options that particular tool expects. Atool comes with a collection of commands, including aunpack, apack, als, acat, adiff, and arepack. The tools are all links to the main atool Perl script, but they perform the actions that their name suggests -- for example, unpacking or creating a new archive.

Debian / Ubuntu Linux user can install atool using apt-get command, enter:
$ sudo apt-get install atool
$ aunpack backuo.tar.gz
$ aunpack -e *.tar.gz
$ apack myarchive.zip foo bar
$ man atool

Download atool

=> Download atool package (via Linux.com)

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GnuPG is a complete and free replacement for PGP. You will use gpg command to validate a GPG certificate. For example, purpose download Apahce-web server tar ball. Visit Apache web site to download latest version of Apache. As usual, use wget command:

$ wget http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/httpd-2.0.55.tar.gz

Next download gpg key listed next to download link:
$ wget http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/httpd-2.0.55.tar.gz.asc

How do I verify integrity of the tar ball?

Use gpg command as follows:
$ gpg httpd-2.0.55.tar.gz.asc
Output:

gpg: Signature made Monday 10 October 2005 07:05:15 AM IST using RSA key ID 10FDE075
gpg: Can't check signature: public key not found

You will see an error message 'Can't check signature: public key not found'. It means you need to get the key (called 10FDE075) and install it in your public keyring. You can download key from free public key server such as pgpkeys.mit.edu

$ gpg --keyserver pgpkeys.mit.edu --recv-key 10FDE075
Output:

gpg: requesting key 10FDE075 from hkp server pgpkeys.mit.edu
gpg: key 10FDE075: duplicated user ID detected - merged
gpg: key 10FDE075: public key "wrowe@covalent.net" imported
gpg: 3 marginal(s) needed, 1 complete(s) needed, PGP trust model
gpg: depth: 0  valid:   1  signed:   0  trust: 0-, 0q, 0n, 0m, 0f, 1u
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1  (RSA: 1)

Once the key is installed, use the following command to check the certificate of a source code file/tar ball:
$ gpg --fingerprint 10FDE075
$ gpg --verify httpd-2.0.55.tar.gz.asc httpd-2.0.55.tar.gz

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