PA 21.00.18 running on Windows 7 64 bit.
I made a big .PA file and thought I’d check it was made correctly with Menu / Actions / Test.
a) PA always issues a UAC prompt to do this!
b) PA always says there are many errors in PA files.
WinRAR 5 has a rather useful option in some cases, which is to be able to create an archive by replacing identical files with a reference to the first occurrence (hardlink) within the archive.
In case you choose to convert the file with PowerArchiver to another format, however, the resulting archive does not have all the files. It does not consider those that were present as hardlinks.
If you do a normal extraction of the RAR archive instead, even with PowerArchivier, all the files are extracted correctly.
Tgz expansion fails
Trying to expand a tgz file that contains some .log files and a vmdk file. The tgz is 2281 MB in size.
PowerArchiver extracts the .log files, which are small, and then spends a long time creating a 0 length .vmdk file.
7-Zip extracts the tgz to a 24GB .tar file, and then PowerArchiver extracts the .tar file the same - creates the .log files and then a 0 length .vmdk file.
7-Zip extracts the .tar file into the .log files, two .vmdk files at 10GB and 14GB, and some other small files.
PowerArchiver fails the same way on a network drive and a local drive. The local drive has 1.2TB free. The C: drive (where temp is located) has 858GB free.
PA does not have support for TAR files larger than 4 GB right now, which is where the issue is. I think we will manage to add support for PA 2011.
i know this is wrong to add this but a way round it is to use a plugin like multiarchive from total commander or some other source that works witn pa’s plugin system and a commandline version of the program you require. I have tried a plugin for the latest winrar and it works better than pa’s own support. However use with caution as i have not fully tested this method properly only on files i have .
Perhaps PA 2010 should give an error message rather than fail silently?
Thanks for the reply!
We did one better - added support for unlimited size in TAR archives :)