I wonder whether there's a GUI available on Linux (Debian), that allows to me interact with old-style ar archives.

For whatever reasons, Xarchiver doesn't recognize one of my ar archives (namely an MSVC import library, which is an ar archive, at least according to file).

I'm looking for something that runs on Debian/buster (so W32 or OSX solutions won't fit the bill).

  • Probably File-Roller or Ark will do it. Commented Nov 30, 2017 at 19:54

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You can try 7-Zip. It can open and extract many archive format, including your old-style ar (*.a) format.

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    7-Zip on linux with a GUI? (you probably missed that requirement, as I only used the tags to indicate it)
    – umläute
    Commented Nov 30, 2017 at 11:02
  • @umläute why? see here for the GUIs on Ubuntu, here for another one (which is included in 7zip source and you'd need to compile it yourself, see also here).
    – Izzy
    Commented Dec 5, 2017 at 22:54

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