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Re: RAR under linux: any alternative?

Micha Feigin wrote:

On Sat, 10 Dec 2005 23:35:35 -0300
Gabriel <nqtnn.gabo@gmail.com> wrote:

Oliver Lupton wrote:

On Sat, 10 Dec 2005 23:02:50 -0300
Gabriel <nqtnn.gabo@gmail.com> wrote:

Does anyone know a free software alternative to RAR???
Use 'tar' combined with gzip or bzip2 to create a .tar.gz or .tar.bz2
man tar, man bzip2 and man gzip for more info :)



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

aptitude search rar gives for relevant results:

i   rar                                                    - Archiver for .rar files
p   rar-2.80                                               - Archiver for .rar files
p   unrar                                                  - Unarchiver for .rar files (non-free version)
p   unrar-free                                             - Unarchiver for .rar files

The first three are non-free in the GNU sense but can handle all rar files
(apt-cache show claims that they are shareware but thats the only reference to
that issue). rar and unrar are in the non-free section, rar-2.80 is in main
although it also claims to be shareware. unrar-free is free in the GNU sense,
but can't handle files from rar >= 3.0.

BTW, if you look at the windows version, it is also shareware and there is no
free alternative, so there is no ground for linux bashing here since in this
case your problem is ideological, not technical (there are accessible although
technically non-free solutions, you just don't want to use them and they are
equivalent to the windows ones)

sorry for the bad english



*Gabriel Parrondo*

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google around and you will find a free debian.rar package. as ic remember4 well:


you can - if i still remember well *unrar* a .rar-file with it on the (unofficial) debian_way

( i did not read the whole thread, so maybe i tell you things you already know)

kind regards,


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