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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(TM) 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

       -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

       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

       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 <>

K Desktop Environment 2.13 (KD    2009-09-10                            ARK(1)