From: RiverWind <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: RAR/ apt-get Question Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 22:00:53 -0400 (EDT) > > Hey There, > > Whilst trying to get and install the rar file compression utility, > I encountered a bit of an interesting obstacle. It seems that this > file is either obsolete and hence no longer supported by Linux, or > something else of that nature has made this application unavailable > via mainstream measures. I have several radio plays, books and > documentaries that have been compressed using rar, so I therefore > don't quite know what to do in order to process these particular > files so they can be played by my media utilities. Here is the > error message that the "apt" command returned. > > Quote On: > apt-get install rar > Reading package lists... Done > Building dependency tree > Reading state information... Done > Package rar is not available, but is referred to by another > package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been > obsoleted, or is only available from another source > > E: Package 'rar' has no installation candidate > Quote Off: > > Since this is my first time encountering this particular problem, > I will be more than open to and thankful for any and all > suggestions concerning the matter. > You could compile The Unarchiver (http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html), which is free software that's been able to handle all the RARs I've thrown at it. It does require installing the GNUStep libraries, though. I would recommend it as opposed to adding 'non-free' just for one program.
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