I wanted to share this interesting find with other forum members. dtrx is an interesting program.

dtrx is an acronmy for “Do The Right Extraction.” It’s 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.

You can download the program from here:
http://brettcsmith.org/2007/dtrx/
In order to utilize dtrx, you need Python.

In terminal, you can check that you have a version of Python greater than 2.4 .

Do python --version to check.
Most likely, your version of python is greater than the min requirement.

After you have downloaded the program (if you wish to utilzize it, that is), do
tar -zxvf dtrx-7.1.tar.gz
then after you cd into it’s folder, do
python setup.py install --prefix=/usr/local

Your all set to utilize this nifty program system-wide.
To functionally use it,
do dtrx the-name-of-the-gz.file
or dtrx the-name-of-the-zip-file
or any file that is compressed in some format.
Easy!!! :)