Please forgive any ignorance on my part but I noticed that tar's behavior is inconsistent or at least a bit confusing when using the ‘--auto-compress’(-a) option, which takes the suffix of the value of the -f option to determine a compression program/method, however the filename(table) in the produced archive, is not consistent in my environment.
$ tar cavf aBinaryFilew00t.tgz aBinaryFilew00t
$ tar cavf aBinaryFilew00t.tbz2 aBinaryFilew00t
$ tar cavf aBinaryFilew00t.tlz aBinaryFilew00t
Notice no suffix was appended. Fortunately the file -is- actually a tar file and can be extracted.
On a slightly different note - I was about to report that '.txz' had the an issue as well but I see it's not even listed in the manual - which is also kind of weird considering that .'xz', etc. al. is supported but no '.t' version?
It just outputs a normal uncompressed tarfile:
$ file aBinaryFilew00t.txz
# aBinaryFilew00t.txz: POSIX tar archive (GNU)
Also, my v1.26-1 came packaged with cygwin.