Check the link for some great Linux command line tools. I particularly like this one though.
dtrx is an acronmy for “Do The Right Extraction.” Its a tool for Unix-like systems that take all the hassle out of extracting archives. As a sysadmin, I download source code and tar balls. This tool saves lots of time.You only need to remember one simple command to extract tar, zip, cpio, deb, rpm, gem, 7z, cab, lzh, rar, gz, bz2, lzma, xz, and many kinds of exe files, including Microsoft Cabinet archives, InstallShield archives, and self-extracting zip files. If they have any extra compression, like tar.bz2 files, dtrx will take care of that for you, too.dtrx will make sure that archives are extracted into their own dedicated directories.dtrx makes sure you can read and write all the files you just extracted, while leaving the rest of the permissions intact.Recursive extraction: dtrx can find archives inside the archive and extract those too.Download dtrx