unzip (zip, tar, tag.gz) files with ruby

To extract files from a .tar.gz file you can use the following methods from packages distributed with Ruby:

require 'rubygems/package'
require 'zlib'
tar_extract = Gem::Package::TarReader.new(Zlib::GzipReader.open('Path/To/myfile.tar.gz'))
tar_extract.rewind # The extract has to be rewinded after every iteration
tar_extract.each do |entry|
  puts entry.full_name
  puts entry.directory?
  puts entry.file?
  # puts entry.read

Each entry of type Gem::Package::TarReader::Entry points to a file or directory within the .tar.gz file.

Similar code can be used (replace Reader with Writer) to write files to a .tar.gz file.

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