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I'm sorry i'm new in linux but i have the same problem. I have many file in *.rar and some of them is very important to me. For the 1st time i get frustated to know that linux doesn't support rar file. After searching for hours with the help of "Master Google" i found that winrar has been porting to linux (yes it's true!) but of course it's not free . And it's only available on command line that was nightmare for newbie like me (too much parameters to remember). But If you want to unrar (only to extract this file of course)i found 7zip it's call p7zip in linux, it's more "friendly" use eventhough you must use it from terminal.
So what about rar? I mean, there is an application called "rar" that has to be installed separately from unrar.
I should have only said that there is no free 'open source' rar binary available for creating rar files. You'll find when you use the proprietary rar binary you are referring to that it is an 'evaluation copy' and therefore subject to registration for full use.
I'm sorry i'm new in linux but i have the same problem. I have many file in *.rar and some of them is very important to me. For the 1st time i get frustated to know that linux doesn't support rar file.
We could better say that it's rar which doesn't support Linux. Remember: it's closed software what we speak about.
After searching for hours with the help of "Master Google" i found that winrar has been porting to linux (yes it's true!) but of course it's not free . And it's only available on command line that was nightmare for newbie like me (too much parameters to remember).
Rar was born as a DOS program, and people used it in command line just like lha, arj, pkzip and many others. No one died because of that, and they were widely used by non-techie users. You just need to remember how to do rar --help or whatever the parameter to show the help, with the time you'll learn the rest.
It's more about laziness that about having a true problem. By the way, mc can navigate into rar files. I don't know about graphical frontends.
Besides that, I don't know why anyone would want to compress their data on a non-free format whose usability will depend on the will of someone. There are lots of free alternatives, use one of those instead. All you need to use the rar's that others will send you is the free unrar tool.