How can I join (concatenate) files from usenet newsgroups?

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  1. motulist macrumors 68040

    motulist

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    I've downloaded some split video files from usenet and I need to join them together. I've tried everything, I downloaded some software (including "split and concat") that doesn't work right, I looked for apple scripts to do it, I've even looked for a quick answer on how to do it through the terminal, but to no avail. I feel like it shouldn't be nearly this hard, so I've probably overlooked something really obvious. Anybody have any ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. motulist thread starter macrumors 68040

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    p.s. I use hogwasher as my newsreader and os 10.3.2
     
  3. jMc macrumors 6502

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    What format are these video files in? If they're compressed as rar files, then UnRarX may be of help...

    jx
     
  4. motulist thread starter macrumors 68040

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    they aren't compressed at all, they are just split parts of an mpeg.
     
  5. caveman_uk Guest

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    With mpeg files you can use cat from the command line. First copy all the files to a new folder (with a one word name like 'files' - it makes this simpler to explain) then open terminal

    cd name of folder
    cat * > a_new_filename.mpg

    Your files will be concatenated in the new file. Well it works for mplayer anyway.
     
  6. caveman_uk Guest

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    If the files don't come out in the right order you can do it sequentially using a variation

    cat firstfile > newfile
    cat secondfile >> newfile
    cat thirdfile >> newfile

    and so on...
     
  7. motulist thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The cat command worked perfectly, thanks for the help.

     

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