Archiving Modules

peter peter.mosley at
Fri Feb 18 13:55:01 CET 2011

On Feb 17, 9:55 pm, Jorgen Grahn <grahn+n... at> wrote:

> RAR is a proprietary format, which complicates things. For example,
> Linux distributions like Debian cannot distribute software which
> handles it.  If Python included such a module, they'd be forced to
> remove it from their version.

Good point, and one that I did not appreciate.  But there are freeware
applications such as jzip ( which can handle .rar
files, so there must be a way round it.

> I wouldn't encourage its use by writing /more/ software which handles
> it. IMHO, archives should be widely readable forever, and to be that
> they need to be in a widely used, open format.

I agree, but if a file is only available as a rar archive I would like
to be able to extract it without using another 3rd party application.


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