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I've got this script I called it "r1":

for f in "$@"
fpath=`dirname "$f"`
file=`basename "$f"`
rar a -v1024000 -r -m0 -ep1 -o- "$arc" "$f"

It works well but I am not able to change archive name I wish I could do this so the outcome of:

r1 Myphoto Photos/

whould be an archive called Myphoto.rar containing Photos/ dir

How should I modify the script?

I think that this line:

file=`basename "$f"`

should be different, so it will allow me to choose archive name on my own

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The following script will do exactly what you are asking for.


 if [ ! $# -eq 2 ]
    echo " Two arguments needed, a file name for the rar file "
    echo " and a directory/file name to be compressed. "
    echo " Both can be relative or absolute addresses "
    exit 1

 if [ -e $1.rar ] 
    echo " File $1.rar already exists. Quitting "
    exit 2

 if [ ! -d $2 -a ! -e $2 ]
    echo " $2 is not a directory/file to be compressed. Quitting "
    exit 3

 rar a -v1024000 -r -m0 -ep1 "$file".rar  $dir

I have added an absolute minimum of error checking, and a line reminding you that you may use this script to compress both files and folders.

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Not working with directory with long names and spaces – John Oct 28 '13 at 8:04
@John Not true: the problem is how you pass arguments from the command line. If you have a directory called "a b" (without apostrophes), you must issue the command as follows: r1 filename a\ b It will work then. – MariusMatutiae Oct 28 '13 at 9:10

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