How to extract an Arma 3 pbo file on Linux using pbo tools.

To extract an Arma 3 pbo file on Linux use the pbo tools that have been made available for Linux.

Download the tarball here. This contains binaries that will work on 64bit Linux distributions.

https://dev.withsix.com/attachments/download/22907/depbo-tools-0.5.65-64bit.tgz.

Extract the contents of the bin directory to /usr/local/bin and the contents of the lib directory to /usr/local/lib. Then run this command.

jason$ sudo ldconfig

This will make sure that Linux knows about the added libraries.

Then we can extract a pbo file using the Linux tools.

jason$ extractpbo hardcore_insurgency.Altis.pbo 
extractpbo x64Version 2.15, Dll 5.65 "hardcore_insurgency.Altis.pbo"
 
No error(s)

If you try to extract an encrypted pbo file, you will get this error.

jason$ extractpbo ../Downloads/QS_IA_US_13_ext.Tanoa.pbo 
extractpbo x64Version 2.15, Dll 5.65 "QS_IA_US_13_ext.Tanoa.pbo"
 
 
pbo is obfuscated

But this does work very well indeed.

Building a pbo file on Linux is very easy, just point the makepbo executable to the directory containing mission files.

jason$ makepbo co08_black-ops.altis/

This makes managing pbo files on Linux very easy. Now Linux users can run Arma 3 and also manage the missions they make on Linux as well. A good development for Linux gaming.

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