Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 593702
[RFE] unrar missing in all RHEL distros up and including RHEL6beta1
Last modified: 2010-05-19 15:30:52 EDT
Description of problem:
Since SAP ships some software components packed with RAR we need to install unrar from third party repositories or from source.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. yum search unrar
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To the best of my knowledge, there is no unrar codebase under an acceptable license available.
This explains why unrar is not in any RH sponsored project (EPEL)
I had a look to the link you posted. The license is indeed not very comfortable. RH based distros such as RHEL and Fedora are AFAIK the only ditros which are not proving unrar. Even Debian which is know for its quite radical behavior when it comes to licensing questions has unrar available. See http://packages.debian.org/sid/unrar .
OpenSuse as well as SLES11 ships unrar. At the end of the day this means RH is the only Linux vendor that does NOT ship unrar.
What is so evil with unrar?
The only alternative for us if you intervene @SAP (with is a partner of you) to get rid of this compression alg.
Sorry, just closing this bug because of such an issue is not acceptable. I thing this needs further discussions.
(In reply to comment #3)
> Sorry, just closing this bug because of such an issue is not acceptable. I
> thing this needs further discussions.
We are not indenting to ship software that has specific use restrictions on the code, for the same reason we don't include software that is 'non-commercial use only', or similar.