I have worked in the past year a bit with unrar-nonfree, mainly
because I wanted rar (cbr) support in calibre.
I would be happy having a drop-in replacement, if this is possible,
but I don't know how easy this is for calibre.
The way it works there, is that calibre links against libunrar and
expects certain output (as in std out) in order to parse the list with
the files in the archive before reading them as the result of the
I have not dug in detail in the calibre implementation, I just made
sure libunrar is available and is compiled without defining SILENT
So, a compatibility layer for unrar-nonfree that could be used for
calibre, should also provide a compatible library

A final solution would be to convince the calibre developer to use
unar instead, but I don't know how easy that'd be


2013/9/23 Dominik George <n...@naturalnet.de>:
> Hi, maintainers of unar and unrar-free,
> as you might have seen on the BTS, I have today filed a bug report on
> unrar-free and revisited an old bug, both of which make unrar-free
> largely unusable [1][2]. I found that unrar-free seems to be umaintained
> and has not had any commits by upstream for the last 6+ years, and
> important bugs are open and ignored.
> I found that the unar command from theunarchiver, which is even
> recommended by the FSF [3], can handle multipart, modern RAR archives
> just fine, only the command-line is incompatible to unrar-free and
> unrar-nonfree [4].
> One issue is that some tools in Debian, among which are usenet clients,
> comic book readers, and others, rely on the syntax of unrar-nonfree, for
> some reason I do not know, maybe because it works, in contrast to
> unrar-free. I guess the command-line compatibility in unrar-free has
> been added for this very reason, but it failed to become a drop-in
> replacement for unrar-nonfree because it exits uncleanly on passing some
> unrar-free options, and in general does not provide the functionality of
> unrar-nonfree.
> My proposal is to remove unrar-free from Debian, for the reasons
> mentioned above, and add a patch to src:unar that include a wrapper
> script that provides a command-line wrapper compatible to both
> unrar-free and unrar-nonfree, so unar can become a drop-in replacement
> for both.
> I would like to create th ewrapper script and resulting patch, but
> first, I would like to hear your thoughts about my research and
> proposal.
> Cheers,
> Nik
> [1]: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=724295
> [2]: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=270751
> [3]: https://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/free-rarv3-extraction
> [4]: http://manpages.debian.net/cgi-bin/man.cgi?query=unrar-free
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