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       shar - create shell archives


       shar [ options ] file ...
       shar -S [ options ]


       Shar  creates "shell archives" (or shar files) which are in text format
       and can be mailed.  These files may be unpacked later by executing them
       with /bin/sh.  The resulting archive is sent to standard out unless the
       -o option is  given.   A  wide  range  of  features  provide  extensive
       flexibility  in manufacturing shars and in specifying shar "smartness".
       Archives may be "vanilla" or comprehensive.


       Options have a one letter version starting with -  or  a  long  version
       starting  with  --.   The exception is --help, --version, --no-i18n and
       --print-text-domain-dir which does not have short versions.   Mandatory
       arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.  Options
       can be given in any order.  Some options depend on each other:
            The -o option is required if the -l or -L option is used.
            The -n option is required if the -a option is used.
            See -V below.

   Giving feedback:
       --help Print a help summary on standard output, then immediately exits.

              Print the version number of the program on standard output, then
              immediately exits.

       -q --quiet --silent
              Do not  output  verbose  messages  locally  when  producing  the

   Selecting files:
       -p  --intermix-type
              Allow  positional parameter options.  The options -B, -T, -z and
              -Z may be embedded, and files to the right of the option will be
              processed in the specified mode.

       -S  --stdin-file-list
              Read  list  of files to be packed from the standard input rather
              than from the command line.  Input must be in a form similar  to
              that generated by the find command, one filename per line.  This
              switch is especially useful when the command line will not  hold
              the list of files to be packed.  For example:

              find . -type f -print | \
                sort | \
                shar -S -Z -L50 -o /somewhere/big

              If -p is specified on the command line, then the options -B, -T,
              -z and -Z may be included in  the  standard  input  (on  a  line
              separate  from  filenames).   The  maximum  number  of  lines of
              standard input, file names and options, may not exceed 1024.

   Splitting output:
       -o XXX  --output-prefix=XXX
              Save the archive to files XXX.01 thru XXX.nn instead of  sending
              it to standard out.  Must be used when the -l or the -L switches
              are used.

       -l XX  --whole-size-limit=XX
              Limit the output file size to XXk bytes but  don’t  split  input

       -L XX  --split-size-limit=XX
              Limit  output  file  size  to  XXk  bytes  and  split  files  if
              necessary.  The archive parts created with this option  must  be
              unpacked in correct order.

   Controlling the shar headers:
       -n name  --archive-name=name
              Name  of archive to be included in the header of the shar files.
              See the -a switch.

       -s who@where  --submitter=who@where
              Override automatically determined submitter name.

       -a  --net-headers
              Allows automatic generation of headers:
                   Submitted-by: who@where
                   Archive-name: <name>/part##
              The <name> must be given with the -n switch.  If name includes a
              ’/’ "/part" isn’t used.  Thus:
                 -n xyzzy                      produces:

                 -n xyzzy/patch                produces:

                 -n xyzzy/patch01.             produces:

              The who@where can be explicitly stated with the -s switch if the
              default isn’t appropriate.  Who@where is  essentially  built  as

       -c  --cut-mark
              Start  the  shar  with  a cut line.  A line saying ’Cut here’ is
              placed at the start of each output file.

       -t  --translate
              Translate messages in the script.  If  you  have  set  the  LANG
              environment  variable,  messages  printed by shar will be in the
              specified language.  The produced script will still  be  emitted
              using  messages  in  the  lingua  franca  of the computer world:
              English.  This option will cause the script messages  to  appear
              in  the languages specified by the LANG environment variable set
              when the script is produced.

   Selecting how files are stocked:
       -M  --mixed-uuencode
              Mixed mode.  Determine if the  files  are  text  or  binary  and
              archive  correctly  (default).   Files  found  to  be binary are
              uudecoded prior to packing (USE OF UUENCODE IS  NOT  APPRECIATED
              BY MANY ON THE NET).

       -T  --text-files
              Treat all files as text.

       -B  --uuencode
              Treat  all files as binary, use uuencode prior to packing.  This
              increases the size of the  archive.   The  recipient  must  have
              uudecode   in   order  to  unpack.   (USE  OF  UUENCODE  IS  NOT

       -z  --gzip
              Gzip and uuencode all files prior  to  packing.   The  recipient
              must  have uudecode and gzip in order to unpack (USE OF UUENCODE

       -g LEVEL  --level-for-gzip=LEVEL
              When doing compression, use ’-LEVEL’ as  a  parameter  to  gzip.
              Default  is 9.  The -g option turns on the -z option by default.

       -Z  --compress
              Compress and uuencode all files prior to packing.  The recipient
              must  have  uudecode  and  compress  in  order to unpack (USE OF
              Option -C is synonymous to -Z, but is being deprecated.

       -b BITS  --bits-per-code=BITS
              When doing compression, use ’-bBITS’ as a parameter to compress.
              The -B option turns on the -Z option by default.  Default  value
              is 12.

   Protecting against transmission errors:
       -w  --no-character-count
              Do  NOT  check each file with ’wc -c’ after unpack.  The default
              is to check.

       -D  --no-md5-digest
              Do NOT use ’md5sum’ digest to verify  the  unpacked  files.  The
              default is to check.

       -F  --force-prefix
              Forces  the  prefix character (normally ’X’ unless the parameter
              to the -d option starts with ’X’) to be prepended to every  line
              even  if  not  required.   This option may slightly increase the
              size of the archive, especially if -B or -Z is used.

       -d XXX  --here-delimiter=XXX
              Use XXX to delimit the files in the shar  instead  of  SHAR_EOF.
              This is for those who want to personalize their shar files.

   Producing different kinds of shars:
       -V  --vanilla-operation
              Produce  "vanilla"  shars  which rely only upon the existence of
              sed and echo in the unsharing  environment.   In  addition,  "if
              test"  must also be supported unless the -x option is used.  The
              -V silently disables options offensive to the "network cop"  (or
              "brown  shirt"),  but  does warn you if it is specified with -B,
              -z, -Z, -p or -M (any of which does or might  require  uudecode,
              gzip or compress in the unsharing environment).

       -P  --no-piping
              Use temporary files instead of pipes in the shar file.

       -x  --no-check-existing
              Overwrite existing files without checking.  If neither -x nor -X
              is specified, the  unpack  will  check  for  and  not  overwrite
              existing files when unpacking the archive.  If -c is passed as a
              parameter to the script when unpacking:

                 sh archive -c

              then existing files will be overwritten unconditionally.

       -X  --query-user
              When unpacking, interactively ask the user if  files  should  be
              overwritten.  (DO NOT USE FOR SHARS SUBMITTED TO THE NET).

       -m  --no-timestamp
              Avoid   generating   ’touch’   commands   to  restore  the  file
              modification dates when unpacking files from the archive.

       -Q  --quiet-unshar
              Verbose OFF.  Disables the inclusion of comments  to  be  output
              when the archive is unpacked.

       -f  --basename
              Restore  by filename only, rather than path.  This option causes
              only file names to be used, which is useful when building a shar
              from  several directories, or another directory.  Note that if a
              directory name is passed  to  shar,  the  substructure  of  that
              directory will be restored whether -f is specified or not.

              Do  not  produce  internationalized  shell archives, use default
              english messages.  By default, shar produces archives that  will
              try  to  output messages in the unpackers preferred language (as
              determined by the LANG/LC_MESSAGES environmental variables) when
              they  are  unpacked.   If  no  message  file  for  the unpackers
              language is found at unpack time, messages will be in english.

              Prints the directory shar looks in to find  messages  files  for
              different languages, then immediately exits.


       shar *.c > cprog.shar                # all C prog sources
       shar -Q *.[ch] > cprog.shar          # non-verbose, .c and .h files
       shar -B -l28 *.arc          # all binary .arc files, into
                                            # files thru
       shar -f /lcl/src/u*.c >         # use only the filenames


       No  chmod  or  touch  is  ever  generated  for directories created when
       unpacking.  Thus, if a directory is given to shar, the  protection  and
       modification  dates  of  corresponding unpacked directory may not match
       those of the original.

       If a directory is passed to shar, it may be  scanned  more  than  once.
       Therefore, one should be careful not change the directory while shar is

       Be careful that the output file(s) are not included in  the  inputs  or
       shar  may loop until the disk fills up.  Be particularly careful when a
       directory is passed to shar that the  output  files  are  not  in  that
       directory (or a subdirectory of that directory).

       Use  of  the  -B,  -z  or  -Z,  and especially -M, may slow the archive
       process considerably, depending on the number of files.

       Use of -X produces shars which WILL cause  problems  with  many  unshar
       procedures.   Use  this  feature  only  for archives to be passed among
       agreeable parties.  Certainly, -X is NOT for shell archives  which  are
       to  be  submitted  to  Usenet.  Usage of -B, -z or -Z in net shars will
       cause you to be flamed off the earth.  Not using -m or not using -F may
       also get you occasional complaints.




       Error  messages  for  illegal or incompatible options, for non-regular,
       missing or inaccessible  files  or  for  (unlikely)  memory  allocation


       The  shar  and  unshar programs is the collective work of many authors.
       Many people  contributed  by  reporting  problems,  suggesting  various
       improvements  or  submitting actual code.  A list of these people is in
       the THANKS file in the sharutils distribution.


       Report  bugs  to  <>.   Please  put  sharutils  or
       uuencode in the subject line.  It helps to spot the message.

                                 July 1, 2005                          SHAR(1)