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       rar - archive files with compression


       rar <command> [-<switch 1> -<switch N>] archive [files...]


       This manual page documents briefly the rar archiver.
       This  manual  page  was  written  for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution
       because the original program does not have a manual page.
       Commands and options described here are as of rar 3.0b5.

       rar and unrar are programs for manipulation with .rar archives.


       After the program name comes a command and then optional switches  with
       dashes before them.
       A  summary  of commands is included below.  For a complete description,
       run rar without options.

       a      Add files to archive.

       c      Add archive comment. Comment length is limited to 62000 bytes.

       cf     Add files comment. File comments  are  displayed  when  the  'v'
              command is given. File comment length is limited to 32767 bytes.

       cw     Write archive comment to a specified file.

       d      Delete files from archive.

       e      Extract   files  to  current  directory.  Does  not  create  any

       f      Freshen files in archive. Updates those files changed since they
              were packed to the archive. This command will not add new to the

       k      Lock archive. Any command which intend  to  change  the  archive
              will be ignored.

       l[t]   List content of archive [technical]. Files are listed as the 'v'
              command with the exception of the file path. i.e.  the file name
              is  displayed. Optional technical information displayed when 't'
              modifier is used.

       m[f]   Move to archive [files only]. Directories will not be removed if
              'f' modifier is used and/or '-ed' switch is applied.

       p      Print file to stdout.

       r      Repair archive. For further details look in rar.txt.

       rc     Reconstruct missing volumes using recovery volumes (.rev files).
              You need to specify any existing volume as the archive name, for
              example, 'rar rc backup.part03.rar'.

       rr[N]  Add  data  recovery  record.  Optionally,  redundant information
              (recovery record) may be added to an archive.

       rv[N]  Create recovery volumes (.rev files), which can be later used to
              reconstruct  missing  files  in  a volume set.  This command has
              sense only for multivolume archives.  For further  details  look
              in rar.txt.

              Convert  archive to or from SFX. The archive is merged with SFX-
              module in the user's home directory.

       t      Test archive files.

       u      Update files in archive. Adds files not already in  the  archive
              and updates files changed since they were packed to the archive.

       v[t]   Verbosely list archive [technical]

       x      Extract files with full path.


       NOTE:  Every  switch  must be separated by a whitespace. They cannot be
       put together.

       -?     Display help on commands and switches. The same as when none  or
              an illegal command line option is entered.

       --     This  switch  tells to RAR that there is no more switches in the
              command line. It could be useful, if either archive or file name
              starts  from  '-' character. Without '--' switch such name would
              be treated as switch.

       -ac    Clear Archive attribute after compression or extraction (Windows
              version only).

              Generate  archive name using the current date and time.  Appends
              the current date string to an  archive  name  when  creating  an
              archive.  Useful for daily backups.  For further details look in

       -ao    Add files with Archive attribute set (Windows version only).

       -ap    Set path inside archive. This path is merged to file names  when
              adding  files  to  an  archive  and removed from file names when

       -as    Synchronize archive  contents.  If  this  switch  is  used  when
              archiving,  those  archived  files  which are not present in the
              list of the currently added files, will be deleted from archive.
              It  is  convenient  to  use  this  switch in combination with -u
              (update) to synchronize contents of an archive and an  archiving

       -av    Put   authenticity   verification  (registered  versions  only).
              Details in register.txt.

       -av-   Disable AV checking or adding.

       -cfg-  Disable read configuration and environment.

       -cl    Convert file names to lower case.

       -cu    Convert file names to upper case.

       -c-    Disable comments show.

       -df    Delete files after archiving. This switch  in  combination  with
              the command "A" performs the same action as the command "M".

       -dh    Open  shared  files.  Allows  to  process  files opened by other
              applications for writing.

       -ds    Do not sort files while adding to a solid archive.

       -ed    Do not add empty directories.

       -ee    Do not process extended attributes. Only for OS/2 versions.

       -en    Do not add "end of archive" block.

              This switch cannot be used with  volumes,  because  the  end  of
              archive  block contains information important for correct volume

       -ep    Exclude paths from names.

       -ep1   Exclude base dir from names.

       -ep2   Expand paths to full. Store full  file  paths  (except  a  drive
              letter and leading path separator) when archiving.

              Specifies file exclude attributes mask.

       -f     Freshen files. May be used with archive extraction or creation.

              Encrypt  both  file  data  and  headers.   The password is case-
              sensitive. If you omit the password on  the  command  line,  you
              will be prompted with message "Enter password".

       -idp   Disable percentage indicator.

              Send archive by email. Win32 version only.

       -ierr  Send all messages to stderr.

       -ilog  Log errors to file (registered versions only).

       -inul  Disable all messages.

       -isnd  Enable sound.

       -k     Lock  archive.  Any  command which intends to change the archive
              will be ignored.

       -kb    Keep broken extracted files.

              Set compression level (0-store...3-default...5-best). By default
              rar uses -m3 method (Normal compression).

              Set  advanced  compression parameters.  For further details look
              in rar.txt.

              Set dictionary  size  in  Kb  (64,128,256,512,1024,2048,4097  or

              Specify file types to store.

       -o+    Overwrite existing files.

       -o-    Do not overwrite existing files.

       -ol    Save symbolic links as the link instead of the file.

       -os    Save NTFS streams. Win32 version only.

       -ow    Save file owner and group.

              Encrypt  files  with  the  string  <password>  as password while
              archiving.  The password is  case-sensitive.  If  you  omit  the
              password  on the command line, you will be prompted with message
              "Enter password".

       -p-    Do not query password.

       -r     Recurse subdirectories.

       -r0    Similar to -r, but when used with the commands  'a',  'u',  'f',
              'm' will recurse subdirectories only for wildcard names.

              Set priority and sleep time. Available only in RAR for Windows.

       -rr[N] Add data recovery record.

       -rv[N] Create recovery volumes.  -s Create solid archive.

       -s<N>  Create  solid  groups using file count. Similar to -s, but reset
              solid statistics after compressing <N> files.

       -se    Create solid groups using extension. Similar to  -s,  but  reset
              solid statistics if file extension is changed.

       -sv    Create independent solid volumes. Similar to -s, but reset solid
              statistics as soon as possible when starting a new volume.

       -sv-   Create dependent solid volumes. Similar  to  -s,  but  reset  of
              solid statistics is disabled.

       -s-    Disable solid archiving.

              Create  SFX  archives.  The archive is merged with SFX-module in
              the user's home directory.

       -t     Test files after archiving. This switch is especially useful  in
              combination with the move command, so files will be deleted only
              if archive had been successfully tested.

       -tk    Keep original archive time.  Prevents  rar  from  modifying  the
              archive date when changing an archive.

       -tl    Set archive time to latest file. Forces rar to set the date of a
              changed archive to the date of the newest file in the archive.

       -u     Update files.

              Create volumes with size=<size>*1000 [*1024, *1].

       -vd    Erase  disk  contents  before  creating  volume.All  files   and
              directories  on  the  target  disk  will be erased when '-vd' is
              used.  The switch applies only to removable media, the hard disk
              cannot be erased using this switch.

              Assign work directory.

              Exclude  specified  file.  Wildcards  may  be  used  and you may
              specify the switch '-x' several times.

              Exclude files in specified list file.

       -x@    Read file names to exclude from stdin.

       -y     Assume Yes on all queries.

              Read archive comment from file.


       The  program  is  documented  fully  in  rar.txt  which  you  find   in


       This  manual  page was written by Petr Cech <> according
       to "rar -h" for the  Debian  GNU/Linux  system  (but  may  be  used  by

                                  22.04.2002                            RAR(1)