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parchive - RAID like data recovery for PAR ver 1.0 files


The idea behind the parchive is to provide a tool to apply the data-recovery capability concepts of RAID-like systems to the posting and recovery of multi-part archives on Usenet. Current filespec and clients support the volumes for 'X' parity volumes present.

The key to this mission is a clean file format specification which provides all the necessary capabilities for programs to easily verify and regenerate single missing parts out of a set of archives.

We might just be able to make binary posting and downloading on Usenet a little easier. That's a pretty cool goal!

Note that parchive supports the old legacy version 1.0 PAR format. For new projects, use the par2 package which supports the version 2.0 PAR format which provides superior features.

This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.


Check parity archive
Restore missing volumes
Add files to parity archive
Try to restore from all parity files at once
Interactive mode (very bare-bones)

Options: (Can be turned off with '+')

Move existing files out of the way
Fix faulty filenames
Number of files per parity volume
Number of parity volumes to create
Search for duplicate files
Keep broken files
Be smart if filenames are consistently different.
Do not add following files to parity volumes
Do not create parity volumes
Ignore case in filename comparisons
Do not check control hashes
Increase or decrease verbosity
Display this help
Always treat following arguments as files


The full documentation (such as it is) for parchive is maintained on the web site at <>


This manual page was written by Rene Weber <>, and edited by Vince Mulhollon <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

May 30 2004 parchive 1.1