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Why the RAR format was chosen for the new extraction formats ?

The RAR format was chosen for the new extraction formats because:

 It has better performance (works faster, has a lower processing cost)

  • It creates more compact archives for this lesser cost (even just a 10% reduction is a very important difference when you consider the Gigabytes extracted for your account)
  • It has better / more universal command-line support (the freely available versions of the RAR software support command-line extractions on all operating, which is not the case for ZIPs)

 

Using “unrar” to extract these archives is really just a matter of downloading the unrar package on linux or winrar on windows and changing the command line used to extract it.

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