On Sun, 2005-05-01 at 15:53 -0400, Joe Marcus Clarke wrote:
On Sun, 2005-05-01 at 15:35 -0400, Tom McLaughlin wrote:
Questions about how to open .rar files in file-roller have come up on
#FreeBSD-Gnome a few time lately. Would something like this be useful
in the FreeBSD Gnome FAQ?
Really? This is the first I've heard it mentioned. Admittedly I
haven't been following as closely lately.
Probably just coincidence but I saw the question three times last month.
One being me of course.
How do I open .rar files with file-roller?
To open a .rar file with file-roller the rar port (archivers/rar) needs
to be installed at run time. The file-roller port does not need to be
rebuilt after installing rar.
Note: this is only half the battle. You also need the archivers/unrar
port installed as well.
I took a closer look and yup, unrar is needed too. Odd because I had
problems with .rar files until rar was installed even with unrar
Further, the rar port cannot be included as a run time dependency for
file-roller due to its license which prevents a FreeBSD package from
being created. The unrar port has a less restrictive license and can be
packaged but it's binary is not used by file-roller for .rar support.
Not only is this correct, but we decided including every possible
archiver as a fileroller RUN_DEPENDS was just ridiculous. People would
build what they need to handle the files they use. FreeBSD includes a
number of reasonable defaults.
Only reason it came up for me is because rar files are still popular on
P2P networks. (I swear I wasn't downloading the entire Judas Priest
album collection.) Stuff like lha, arj, and arc I haven't seen in ages
but I still see rar used a lot.