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       ark - KDE archiving tool


       ark [-b] [-a] [-e] [-c] [-f suffix] [-p] [-t file] [-d] [-o directory]
           [KDE Generic Options] [Qt Generic Options]


       Ark is a program for managing various compressed  file  formats  within
       KDE.  Archives can be viewed, extracted, created and modified with Ark.
       The program can handle various formats such as tar, gzip,  bzip2,  zip,
       rar  (when  the  appropriate  libraries  or  command-line  programs are


       Ark can be used either as a  stand-alone  GUI  program  as  well  as  a
       command-line program in order to perform some specific tasks.

       If  invoked  without  the  -b  (--batch)  or -c (--add) options, Ark is
       started as a normal GUI program.

       When the -b (--batch) option is used, Ark can be used  to  extract  the
       contents  of  one or more files directly from the command-line, without
       launching its GUI.

       When the -c (--add) option is used, Ark prompts for files  that  should
       be added to a new archive or to an existing archive.


       -d, --dialog
              Show  a  dialog  for  specifying  the options for a batch or add

       -o, --destination directory
              Default the extraction directory to directory.  If  not  passed,
              the current path is used.

   Options for adding files
       -c, --add
              Query  the  user for an archive filename and add specified files
              to it. Quit when finished.

       -t, --add-to filename
              Add the specified files to filename. Create archive if  it  does
              not exist. Quit when finished.

       -p, --changetofirstpath
              Change  the  current  directory  to  the first entry and add all
              other entries relative to this one.

       -f, --autofilename suffix
              Automatically choose a filename, with the selected  suffix  (for
              example rar, tar.gz, zip or any other supported types).

   Options for batch extraction
       b, --batch
              Use the batch interface instead of the usual dialog. This option
              is implied if more than one url is specified.

       -e, --autodestination
              The destination argument will be set to the path  of  the  first
              file supplied.

       -a, --autosubfolder
              Archive  contents  will  be  read,  and  if detected to not be a
              single folder archive, a subfolder by the name  of  the  archive
              will be created.


       ark --batch archive.tar.bz2
              Will  extract archive.tar.bz2 into the current directory without
              showing any GUI.

       ark -b -d archive.tar.bz2
              Will first show an extraction options dialog  and  then  extract
              both  archive.tar.bz2 and into the directory chosen
              in the dialog.

       ark --add-to photo1.jpg text.txt
              Will create  if  does  not  exist  and  then  add
              photo1.jpg and text.txt to it.


       Ark  is  currently  maintained by Harald Hvaal  <>
       and Raphael Kubo da Costa  <>.

       This man page was first written by Lauri Watts  <> in 2005
       for  KDE  3.4,  and  was later updated in 2009 by Raphael Kubo da Costa


       Lauri Watts, Raphael Kubo da Costa.