For must be 45 minutes

For must be 45 minutes i stared at the screen wondering why the big directory of individually tarred up gkrellm2 skins were refusing to untar as a group. I tried and tried and tried to do it with one of those interactive shell loops but no luck. I read up on all the hints i could find but most everything was kind enough to tell me that files are untarred using tar followed by options and a filename. Gee, who knew. the little bit of tcsh typeing:
foreach i (`ls`)
tar -xpf $i
Just gave no relief at all. It looked fine with printing the $i but staring at the screen all day apparently has diminishing returns. FINALLY it struck me that my ls is aliased to some usually useful colors … which tar dun like at all.