New (old) unrar in Fedora 36 fails

I installed unrar for the first time since moving to F36, and it’s very different.

Instead of Alexander Roshal’s version 6, it’s unrar-free 0.1.1 – a 2004 version from Ben Asselstine and Jeroen Dekkers.

The -t (test) function passes my rar file, but unrar -x produces an unreadable file that ls thinks is 94164548805788 bytes long (about 86 petabytes), but still shows plenty of free space on the disk anyway.

So this is weird. Fortunately, I had a copy of Roshal’s version, which works on F36.

My search-fu was insufficient to find any explanation.

Has anyone else run into this?


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I have not,
I have unrar 6.1.7 installed from rpmfusion and it works well. Do not need anything not in the repo for fedora.


Full version of unrar is available at RPM Fusion. You can enable it with:

sudo dnf install$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

And then:

sudo dnf swap unrar-free unrar

For more context:

$dnf info unrar unrar-free

Available Packages
Name         : unrar
Version      : 6.1.7
Release      : 1.fc36
Architecture : x86_64
Size         : 150 k
Source       : unrar-6.1.7-1.fc36.src.rpm
Repository   : rpmfusion-nonfree-updates
Summary      : Utility for extracting, testing and viewing RAR archives
URL          :
License      : Freeware with further limitations
Description  : The unrar utility is a freeware program for extracting, testing and
             : viewing the contents of archives created with the RAR archiver version
             : 1.50 and above.

Name         : unrar-free
Version      : 0.1.1
Release      : 1.fc36
Architecture : x86_64
Size         : 29 k
Source       : unrar-free-0.1.1-1.fc36.src.rpm
Repository   : updates
Summary      : Free software version of the non-free unrar utility
URL          :
License      : GPLv2+
Description  : unrar-free is a free software version of the non-free unrar utility. This
             : program is a simple command-line front-end to libarchive, and can list and
             : extract RAR archives but also other formats supported by libarchive. It does
             : not rival the non-free unrar in terms of features, but special care has been
             : taken to ensure it meets most user's needs.


Thanks. I had forgotten I had to disable that repo. D’oh!