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Old 10-24-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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howto install rar


Hello there.

I just discovered that there's a way to extract rar archives with linux. The problem is that the readme.txt file within the directory does not tell me how to install the program. I tried using the usual ./configure, but it tells me command not found. Here are the contents of this directory, i don't see what usually comes inside other packages, just the Makefile that has some commands that seem to be the way to install, but how do i run it?

428 2007-09-20 06:50 Makefile*
58233 2007-09-20 06:50 default.sfx*
210 2007-09-20 06:50 file_id.diz
6291 2007-09-20 06:50 license.txt
3183 2007-09-20 06:50 order.htm
345504 2007-09-20 06:50 rar*
70287 2007-09-20 06:50 rar.txt
877156 2007-09-20 06:50 rar_static*
1018 2007-09-20 06:50 rarfiles.lst
1050 2007-09-20 06:50 readme.txt
8957 2007-09-20 06:50 technote.txt
200080 2007-09-20 06:50 unrar*
6418 2007-09-20 06:50 whatsnew.txt

Thanks for the help.
 
Old 10-24-2007, 08:44 PM   #2
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If I had to guess, it looks like you already have a binary for "unrar". Try just running ./unrar filename.

Also, depending on what distro you're using, you can install several programs from repositories (unrar or unrar-free) to decompress rar files.
 
Old 10-25-2007, 02:56 AM   #3
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I am using Slackware 12, and i looked up any rar utilities using slapt-get, but nothing turned out. So i googled around and found this thing, but can't install it.

I suppose i need to add something to my profile so that i can use rar or unrar from anywhere using the console.

Thanks for the reply mate.
 
Old 10-25-2007, 03:01 AM   #4
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You don't have to compile anything, since it comes already precompiled (binaries). Just copy the executables in a directory in your PATH (/usr/bin for example), to make them available to use from everywhere in your file system.
 
Old 10-25-2007, 12:41 PM   #5
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Quote:
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You don't have to compile anything, since it comes already precompiled (binaries). Just copy the executables in a directory in your PATH (/usr/bin for example), to make them available to use from everywhere in your file system.
That makes sense mate, thanks. Which of the files i pasted above should i copy over?
 
Old 10-25-2007, 01:41 PM   #6
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If this is your kubuntu system (you mention that you use kubuntu in your profile), you should install rar and unrar using kubuntu's packaging system, rather than downloading a binary package from some untrusted website.

From the command line just do this:
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sudo aptitude install rar unrar
Or use the adept package manager.
 
Old 10-25-2007, 11:29 PM   #7
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If this is your kubuntu system (you mention that you use kubuntu in your profile), you should install rar and unrar using kubuntu's packaging system, rather than downloading a binary package from some untrusted website.

From the command line just do this:
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sudo aptitude install rar unrar
Or use the adept package manager.
I in fact use kubuntu on my laptop. I'll use that to install it there thanks. The problem i have is with the Slackware 12 distribution. As our friend here suggested, i should just copy some files to /usr/bin (directory in my PATH) so that i can use the executables from anywhere on my system using the console.

Thanks for the tip, i really appreciate it.
 
  


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