This does not look like a tar archive

The problem is…

$ tar -zxvf file.tar.gz
/bin/gtar: This does not look like a tar archive
/bin/gtar: Skipping to next header
/bin/gtar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
/bin/gtar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

…and the solution

$ gzip -d file.tar.gz
$ tar -xf file.tar

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