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nomarch 1.3 - extract old `.arc' archives. Copyright (C) 2001,2002 Russell Marks. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA. Description ----------- nomarch lists/extracts/tests `.arc' archives. (It also handles `.ark' files, they're exactly the same.) This is a *very* outdated file format which should never be used for anything new, but unfortunately, you can still run into it every so often (especially if you mess about with old CP/M stuff). So nomarch is handy as a way to deal with these files. For more on how nomarch works and how to use it, do `man nomarch' once it's installed. Installation ------------ Check the Makefile is ok (it should be), then do `make' and (as root) `make install'. Why not just use `arc'? ----------------------- `arc' is non-Free. For a while this didn't annoy me that much, and I put up with using it because there wasn't really anything else I could use. But once I realised that I could probably write my own extraction program, and that some old .arc files aren't likely to go away (for example, the Walnut Creek CP/M CD-ROM contains well over a thousand), I thought I'd try writing something a bit more useful than a picture viewer for once. :-) Why the name? ------------- Since there are at least two different programs called `unarc' already (one is an old CP/M program, the other isn't .arc-related), I had to pick something a bit more obscure. I considered `arcbgon', but I thought that was a little tacky. :-) When I noticed that there was a word looking so similar to `no more arc', I went with that instead, even if the mundane meaning is a little, uh, grandiose... (Though it looks like it might also be Spanish for `filename' or something, which could be a bit weird. Oh well.) What about Unisys? ------------------ nomarch is capable of reading LZW-compressed files, so it has the same legal status as a GIF decoder. Even in their current set-lawyers-to-kill state, I don't think Unisys have a problem with programs which only *read* LZW. Their patent expires soon anyway, and once that happens we can all just point at them and laugh. I know I will. :-) Contacting me ------------- You can email me at rus()svgalib.org. Share and enjoy! -Rus.
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