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       shc - Generic shell script compiler


       shc  [ -e date ] [ -m addr ] [ -i iopt ] [ -x cmnd ] [ -l lopt ] [ -o outfile ] [ -ABCDhUv
       ] -f script


       shc creates a stripped binary executable version of the script specified with  -f  on  the
       command line.

       The  binary  version will get a .x extension appended by default if outfile is not defined
       with [-o outfile] option and will usually be a bit larger in size than the original  ascii
       code.   Generated  C  source  code is saved in a file with the extension .x.c or in a file
       specified with appropriate option.

       If you supply an expiration date with the -e option, the compiled binary  will  refuse  to
       run  after the date specified.  The message Please contact your provider will be displayed
       instead.  This message can be changed with the -m option.

       You can compile any kind of shell script, but you need to  supply  valid  -i,  -x  and  -l

       The  compiled  binary  will still be dependent on the shell specified in the first line of
       the shell code  (i.e.   #!/bin/sh),  thus  shc  does  not  create  completely  independent

       shc itself is not a compiler such as cc, it rather encodes and encrypts a shell script and
       generates C source code with the added expiration capability.  It  then  uses  the  system
       compiler  to  compile  a  stripped  binary which behaves exactly like the original script.
       Upon execution, the compiled binary will decrypt and execute the code with  the  shell  -c
       option.   Unfortunatelly,  it  will not give you any speed improvement as a real C program

       shc's main purpose is to protect your shell scripts from modification or inspection.   You
       can  use  it  if  you  wish  to  distribute  your scripts but don't want them to be easily
       readable by other people.


       -e date
              Expiration date in dd/mm/yyyy format [none]

       -m message
              message to display upon expiration ["Please contact your provider"]

       -f script_name
              File path of the script to compile

       -i inline_option
              Inline option for the shell interpreter i.e: -e

       -x command
              eXec command, as a printf format i.e: exec(\\'%s\\',@ARGV);

       -l last_option
              Last shell option i.e: --

       -o outfile
              output to the file specified by outfile

       -r     Relax security.  Make a redistributable binary which executes on different  systems
              running  the  same  operating system.  You can release your binary with this option
              for others to use

       -v     Verbose compilation

       -D     Switch on debug exec calls

       -U     Make binary to be untraceable (using strace, ptrace, truss, etc.)

       -C     Display license and exit

       -A     Display abstract and exit

       -B     Compile for BusyBox

       -h     Display help and exit


       CC     C compiler command [cc]

       CFLAGS C compiler flags [none]


       Compile a script which can be run on other systems with the trace option enabled  (without
       -U flag):

              shc -f myscript -o mybinary

       Compile an untraceable binary:

              shc -Uf myscript -o mybinary


       The  maximum  size  of  the  script that could be executed once compiled is limited by the
       operating system configuration parameter _SC_ARG_MAX (see sysconf(2))


       Francisco Rosales <>

       Md Jahidul Hamid <>