I want to make a rar file(not tar or gzip) with several parts in linux shell, how is it possible ?

for example my file is : m.avi - 500mb

I want this :

m.part1.rar 250mb
m.part2.rar 250mb  

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Ah I misunderstood, for parting rar files you have to do the following. First make sure you have rar installed. Then use the following command:

rar a -v250000k /path/m.splitted.rar /path/m.avi

a for append, -v for the size in kilobytes. This would create /path/m.splitted.part001.rar, /path/m.splitted.part002.rar, etc.

If you want the old naming scheme (m.splitted.rar as the first file, then m.splitted.r01, m.splitted.r02, etc.) you should use -vn instead of -v. See /usr/share/doc/rar/rar.txt for more information.

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    You can write volume size as Megabyte with M. I mean using rar -a -v250M ...
    – SuB
    Oct 17, 2013 at 15:16
  • 1
    This worked for me rar a -m5 -v5M -R myarchive.rar /home/
    – Asif Raza
    Mar 29, 2018 at 3:12
  • rar a -v3G outout.rar movie.mkv works great for 3GB files. Apr 17, 2020 at 21:17
  • Lol this takes ages.
    – Adam
    Sep 15, 2020 at 18:14
  • there is a bit issue, rar name and file should be the same Dec 4, 2020 at 16:25

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