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Re: RAR under linux: any alternative?

Steve Kemp wrote:
On Sat, Dec 10, 2005 at 11:35:35PM -0300, Gabriel wrote:

   yeah, I know that, but I was talking about a program to decompress RAR
   files... I know I don't really need it, but today a friend sent me a rar
   file and I needed to tell  him to recompress it as zip and send it
   again... (of course that the first thing he did was talk about the
   dis-advantages  of using GNU/Linux...)
   So I want it so the next time it happens I won't give anyone the chance to
   defame GNU =P
  You can use the 'apt-cache' command to search for programs by 
 keywords.  For example running:

  apt-cache search rar unrar

  Gives you this in the output:

  unrar-free - Unarchiver for .rar files
  unrar - Unarchiver for .rar files (non-free version)

  Install it as usual:

  apt-get install unrar-free

  Then use it with:

  unrar-free x file.rar  (From memory, I haven't used it for a while).

  You can also search for packages on the Debian website at:


Thank you so much... I had searched with "apt-cache search rar" but it came up with a lot of packages...
Now I found the package unrar-free, but it won't work unless the rar files are from a version <3.0.
I also tried with p7zip... the POSIX version of 7-zip... but it doesn't support rar files...

If anyone else know about an application that works with rar files =>3.0 I'll be really pleased.
I give up.


Gabriel Parrondo

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