I’m experiencing some problems with .rar archives, apparently Ark is unable to handle them.
I checked, and see that the unrar archive was missing, I installed it but this uninstalled unar. Now I can manage .rar archives again.
The problem is that whenever I try to update my system, unar' tries to get installed again, and, for what I understand, this package is meant to substitute unrar, making the latter obsolete and unraris marked for uninstallation. Fine with that, ifunar` was capable to correctly handle .rar files, but it isn’t.
Is this a bug with unar? Is Ark meant to work with unrar but not with unar? Is there some other reason?
Can I safely add a lock to unar to prevent it from getting installed, or is it required by some other packages?
The real problem here is that the default installed packages prevent the correct and expected functionality of (part of ) the system, and to make it work again one has to manually switch packages.
Well, actually unar does integrate with Ark, Ark has a plugin for that.
But it prefers unrar if that’s found.
And unar comes with a wrapper script named “unrar”, which doesn’t work with ark. (apparently its output is different than the one from the real unrar, so Ark doesn’t understand it)
Disabling the RAR plugin in Ark should make it use unar instead, as I wrote.
Although, that will make it impossible to create RAR archives with Ark I suppose (for which it would use rar).
yes the only reason I can think off to replace unrar with uar is licensing, as unrar is licensed with the rar free license (not free as in free speech) while unar is GPL’ed (free as in free speech)
on the user side it’s better to keep unrar from the rar developer instead of a reverse engineered compatible library which afaik still didn’t break the unrar license as it can’t create rar files