[HELP] Creating RAR files to contian folders?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Name101, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Name101 macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008

    Hello all
    I have been learning how to use terminal for the past couple of hours and I have started to RAR many files, but I have run into a problem. That problem is I don't know how to RAR folders within the directory.

    Can some one give me a crash course on how to RAR entire Directories

    In the image I have here, I have a test folder with 3 folders within that folder each folder has a text document in it. When I RAR within that Directory it only RAR's the ".DS_Store" file. But I also want the Folders RARed.

    Any help would be thanked. :D

  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    I haven't tried this with any RAR commands, so due warning is given, but with most commands, using a -r switch will cause recursion to occur.
  3. Name101 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008
    "-r" is used for repairing a Archive.

    I would not have any problem if I could just zip them, but I have a FAT32 External hard drive which I Cannot re-format, Because I use it as a Swap Drive for Windows. I just need to to be able to compress it as a group under 4GB per file, RAR is the only file format that supports this and in usable across Windows and Leopard

    Here a list of commands.. Since I'm new to terminal it could be staring me in the face but I'm not sure.

    Thanks for any help.


      a             Add files to archive
      c             Add archive comment
      cf            Add files comment
      ch            Change archive parameters
      cw            Write archive comment to file
      d             Delete files from archive
      e             Extract files to current directory
      f             Freshen files in archive
      i[par]=<str>  Find string in archives
      k             Lock archive
      l[t,b]        List archive [technical, bare]
      m[f]          Move to archive [files only]
      p             Print file to stdout
      r             Repair archive
      rc            Reconstruct missing volumes
      rn            Rename archived files
      rr[N]         Add data recovery record
      rv[N]         Create recovery volumes
      s[name|-]     Convert archive to or from SFX
      t             Test archive files
      u             Update files in archive
      v[t,b]        Verbosely list archive [technical,bare]
      x             Extract files with full path
      -             Stop switches scanning
      ad            Append archive name to destination path
      ag[format]    Generate archive name using the current date
      ap<path>      Set path inside archive
      as            Synchronize archive contents
      av            Put authenticity verification (registered versions only)
      av-           Disable authenticity verification check
      c-            Disable comments show
      cfg-          Disable read configuration
      cl            Convert names to lower case
      cu            Convert names to upper case
      df            Delete files after archiving
      dh            Open shared files
      ds            Disable name sort for solid archive
      dw            Wipe files after archiving
      e[+]<attr>    Set file exclude and include attributes
      ed            Do not add empty directories
      en            Do not put 'end of archive' block
      ep            Exclude paths from names
      ep1           Exclude base directory from names
      ep3           Expand paths to full including the drive letter
      f             Freshen files
      hp[password]  Encrypt both file data and headers
      id[c,d,p,q]   Disable messages
      ierr          Send all messages to stderr
      ilog[name]    Log errors to file (registered versions only)
      inul          Disable all messages
      isnd          Enable sound
      k             Lock archive
      kb            Keep broken extracted files
      m<0..5>       Set compression level (0-store...3-default...5-maximal)
      mc<par>       Set advanced compression parameters
      md<size>      Dictionary size in KB (64,128,256,512,1024,2048,4096 or A-G)
      ms[ext;ext]   Specify file types to store
      n<file>       Include only specified file
      n@            Read file names to include from stdin
      n@<list>      Include files in specified list file
      o[+|-]        Set the overwrite mode
      ol            Save symbolic links as the link instead of the file
      or            Rename files automatically
      ow            Save or restore file owner and group
      p[password]   Set password
      p-            Do not query password
      r             Recurse subdirectories
      r0            Recurse subdirectories for wildcard names only
      rr[N]         Add data recovery record
      rv[N]         Create recovery volumes
      s[<N>,v[-],e] Create solid archive
      s-            Disable solid archiving
      sc<chr>[obj]  Specify the character set
      sfx[name]     Create SFX archive
      si[name]      Read data from standard input (stdin)
      sl<size>      Process files with size less than specified
      sm<size>      Process files with size more than specified
      t             Test files after archiving
      ta<date>      Process files modified after <date> in YYYYMMDDHHMMSS format
      tb<date>      Process files modified before <date> in YYYYMMDDHHMMSS format
      tk            Keep original archive time
      tl            Set archive time to latest file
      tn<time>      Process files newer than <time>
      to<time>      Process files older than <time>
      ts<m,c,a>[N]  Save or restore file time (modification, creation, access)
      u             Update files
      v             Create volumes with size autodetection or list all volumes
      v<size>[k,b]  Create volumes with size=<size>*1000 [*1024, *1]
      ver[n]        File version control
      vn            Use the old style volume naming scheme
      vp            Pause before each volume
      w<path>       Assign work directory
      x<file>       Exclude specified file
      x@            Read file names to exclude from stdin
      x@<list>      Exclude files in specified list file
      y             Assume Yes on all queries
      z[file]       Read archive comment from file
  4. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    Look down in the <Switches> section of your reply

    r Recurse subdirectories

    This is the option you want
  5. Name101 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008

    Thank you very much :D
    I see what I was doing wrong

    Here is the command I used,
    "rar a -r -v300000 Testing"

    That's what I wanted :D

    Thank you

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