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Compress archive(s) or directory(ies) and split the output file

Terminal - Compress archive(s) or directory(ies) and split the output file
rar a -m5 -v5M -R myarchive.rar /home/
2009-05-27 15:53:18
User: piovisqui
Compress archive(s) or directory(ies) and split the output file

a - archive

m5 - compression level, 0= lowest compression...1...2...3...4...5= max compression

-v5M split the output file in 5 megabytes archives, change to 700 for a CD, or 4200 for a DVD

R recursive for directories, do not use it for files

It's better to have the output of a compression already split than use the 'split' command after compression, would consume the double amount of disk space. Found at http://www.ubuntu-unleashed.com/2008/05/howto-create-split-rar-files-in-ubuntu.html


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What others think

what i ask myself now is: who wants to use rar on unix?

Comment by bubo 339 weeks ago

I use sometimes unrar-gpl as unfortunatly neither tar+{gzip,bzip,lzma} nor 7z are widely used.

Comment by MaciejPiechotka 338 weeks and 6 days ago

rar is proprietary junkware! Learn Unix:

tar czv Pictures | split -d -a 3 -b 5M - pics.tar.gz.

^that doesn't "consume" any extra space and decompresses like so...

cat pics.tar.gz.??? | tar xzv

^extract on any Unix - no extra proprietary junkware to install!

Comment by asmoore82 337 weeks and 1 day ago

When you are making torrents to share, rar is the standard format for multi-file packages. And some torrent users do work on Linux.

Comment by flatlinebb 324 weeks ago

Your point of view

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