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

Joe Wreschnig <wres0003@umn.edu> wrote:
> 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.

No, for consistency reasons: $user get a .rar, uses freshmeat to find how
he can extract it and and finds unRAR. - He tries installing it with
"apt-get install unrar" and fails in extracting the archive, because
he did not get the real unrar but the free version.

> 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.

So we should add symlinks "excel" and "word" pointing to oo.org
because we are not distributing MS Office, or symlink ie.exe to
                cu andreas
Hey, da ist ein Ballonautomat auf der Toilette!
Unofficial _Debian-packages_ of latest unstable _tin_

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