[Fsf-Debian] rar/unrar

Bryan Quigley gquigs at gmail.com
Wed Oct 17 20:42:03 UTC 2012

Hi All,

Continuing my attempt to find non-free programs that we no longer need
unrar/rar came to my attention.   It's some of the most popular installed
non-free packages in both Debian [1<http://popcon.debian.org/non-free/by_inst>]
and Ubuntu [2 <http://popcon.ubuntu.com/restricted/by_inst>].  And
apparently there is a free software program unar
that can replace the unrar part.

Distributing the rar program, which is shareware (40 days need to
register/buy), only helps people keep using the rar compression file
format.  This isn't one of those cases where we have to sacrifice anything,
7z (according to filetype:7z google search results) is more popular and has
better compression in all useful cases today

I think it makes sense to remove both the unrar and rar nonfree programs
from the nonfree repo in either Wheezy or Wheezy+1.  If not, we should
investigate why so many users are installing unrar/rar.  Unrar has a number
of Dependants that pull it in.  Many of them I don't understand why
(Evince, Okular).


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