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Re: Bug#229256: ITP: unrar -- free utility to list and extract RAR archives

On Mon, 2004-01-26 at 09:20, Christian Marillat wrote:
> Sven Luther <sven.luther@wanadoo.fr> writes:
> > On Sat, Jan 24, 2004 at 12:19:07AM +0100, Steinar H. Gunderson wrote:
> > Thanks Niklas for helping in the replacement of the non-free unrar. 
> >
> > BTW, maybe unrar should be renamed to unrar-non-free, and this programs
> > can get the official unrar name.
> No, because this unrar version is unable to unrar 3.x archive and thus
> should not replace the one in non-free.

A program in Debian cannot replace a program that is not in Debian. As
the only free RAR extractor in Debian I think it's appropriate to let
this one be called 'unrar', even though it does not support all the
features of RAR. At the very least, it should Provide: unrar (in the
same way we allow mpg231 to Provide: mpg123). Except in this case the
name of the free program is the same as non-free program it's replacing,
and what it would provide. So it might as well just be called 'unrar' in
the first place.

If non-free doesn't get removed from Debian servers, the non-free unrar
will still be available to users. If non-free does get removed, then
it's pointless to give this one a name besides 'unrar' because Debian
won't be distributing anything else that can unrar things.
Joe Wreschnig <wres0003@umn.edu>

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