the Use of Mac UnRar
version 1.1 by mjello with corrections
Please note the "email@example.com"
address above. This primer will be relocating there during the summer.
Step By Step for OSX
Smart Par (osX)
Maybe soon for OS 9
on OS X?
The only unRARing tool for OS9 is “MacUNRAR”.
It’s now four years old, and few, if any, have been able to get it to work
reliably. The tools for OS X work so smoothly that it’s not worth the struggle.
Granted, only about 10% of the Mac user base has switched to OS X, but the
only alternative, if you must work in OS 9 or below, is to use VirtualPC to
run Windows in emulation.
on the Mac (OS X only)
First issue: filename truncation
As a general proposition, Windows allows filenames
of up to 255 characters in length. While Mac OsX also has this ability, the
MacUnRar program only allows filenames of up to 31 characters in length. Therefor,
the RAR’s you download on the Mac may have their filenames severely squashed.
becomes this on the Mac:
Note that the one filename from the PC directory that was under 31 characters
survived. So, how to make sense of the scrambled filenames? As on the PC, run the parity file first: double-click
on the PAR file. MacPAR deLuxe will run and you’ll
see a screen like this:
Note what MacPAR deLuxe is telling you. First, it knows that
the filenames have been mangled. Second, it knows what they should be. Third,
it knows that all the files are present. The PAR file works even though its
own name has been mangled as well.
In the event that you don’t have all the RAR’s, but you do have enough
Pnn’s to reconstruct the archive, you’ll get a screen like this:
With MacPAR deLuxe set at the defaults, it first notes what’s missing,
then it looks for parity files, and then it uses the parity files to rebuild
the missing RAR(s). Just like on the PC. Again, note that it doesn’t matter
if the Pnn filename has been mangled.
Now, to extract the contents of the archive. Here’s your New and Improved set of RAR’s:
Double click on any one of them. UnRarX will
run and display a screen like this:
Note that the default “Extract to:” directory is the directory the RAR’s
If you need a password, run UnRarX first, set the password, then extract
the archive. If you don’t, you’ll get a string of error msgs instead of
a clip. Your RAR directory now looks like this:
with a new folder (named with the name of the archive), inside of which
is the contents of the archive.
If the clip is playable in QuickTime, you can view information about
the clip while it is playing:
We hope to offer something on this soon.
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