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#1 OFFLINE   jimg


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Posted 23 July 2007 - 12:22 AM

I have a few hundred files from an old backup that are stored in the sea/pkarc format. It's no problem to view these files from the command line using the arc utility, but I would like to open these with ark or karchiver instead.ark gives the error message: "This file appears to be of type application/x-arc, which is not a supported archive format. In order to proceed, please choose the format of the file."A drop-down box appears with a list of file types, but arc isn't listed. How can I convince ark to open these files?karchiver just opens two additional copies of itself instead of opening the file but doesn't give any error messages.

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 02:15 AM

View Postjimg, on Jul 23 2007, 06:22 AM, said:

It's no problem to view these files from the command line using the arc utility
Hi Jim . . .  I think you should be happy there is a tool to open them at all  . . . because:


Files with the .arc extension are relatively rare. If you do stumble upon one of them, you can reasonably assume that it was created with the help of old MS-DOS SAE ARC or PKware PKARC archival utilities. This format is not well supported on Linux, and you can only hope to decompress those files on a Linux machine. If you need to create .arc files, try running original SAE ARC or PKware PKARC (look for them on FTP servers carrying utilities for MS-DOS) under DOSEMU or VMware.
That is what you get with propriety formats :'(The creator of the pkarc format, Phillip W. Katz. died in the year 2000 and took his secrets with him ;):hmm: Bruno

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 06:12 PM

There should be a utility called 'unarc' , maybe for your distro it is in the repos. Have a look if it is in there.  :hmm:

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