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Using rarcrack on Ubuntu

Rarcrack is an open source rar file password cracker.  Use it when you’ve forgotten the password you put on a rar or zip file.  The current version (0.2) doesn’t work flawlessly on Ubuntu, so follow these steps.
1. Download the source:
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/rarcrack/rarcrack-0.2/%5BUnnamed%20release%5D/rarcrack-0.2.tar.bz2
2. Un tar
tar -xjf rarcrack-0.2.tar.bz2
3. Change directory
cd rarcrack-0.2
4. Type make, hit enter.  You will likely receive an error about a memory.h file that can’t be found.
5. Install libxml2-dev
sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev
6. Run make again
make
7. You will now have a rarcrack file that you can use.  If you use it as such you may receive a Segmentation Fault
./rarcrack filename.rar
use the –type parameter instead
./rarcrack --type rar filename.rar
It should then run properly