Re: Bug#619602: RFP: theunarchiver -- archive extractor with built-in support for multiple formats
On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 08:57:56AM +0800, Sylvain Beucler wrote:
> * Package name : theunarchiver
> * URL : http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html
> The Unarchiver extracts archives in Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, RAR,
> 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many other old and obscure formats.
> In particular it supports extracting RAR v3 archive using a completely
> free, LGPL'd implementation (while other archive managers usually rely
> on the non-free library from the RAR authors).
Now that's interesting. Do you mean, someone reverse engineered the format
or did work around the restrictions of unrar-nonfree's license? That
license specifically forbids reading the source to recreate the format.
This restriction doesn't sound like something very solid, but whatever way
it was avoided needs close scrutiny.
If it's kosher, it would be great to make the free implementation available
as a library.
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// Never attribute to stupidity what can be
// adequately explained by malice.