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NAME

       expack - manipulate Flex files

SYNOPSIS

       expack -a FLEXFILE FILE...

       expack -c FLEXFILE FILE...

       expack -x FLEXFILE [INDEX]

       expack -i MANIFEST

       expack -l FLEXFILE

DESCRIPTION

       expack  is a command-line utility that lets you extract and create Flex files.  Flex files
       are archives (which means that they act as  containers  for  other  files,  somewhat  like
       directories)  used  by  Ultima  7  to  store  most of its data. Note that the names of the
       original files are not stored in the Flex — files are only retrievable by their index.

   Modes of operation
       -a Add --NOT IMPLEMENTED YET.  FUTURE ENHANCEMENT-- This command adds one or more FILEs to
              the end of FLEXFILE.

       -c Create
              This command takes one or more FILEs and bundles them into FLEXFILE, overwriting it
              in the process.

       -x Extract
              Lets you extract the files contained within FLEXFILE.  If INDEX is given  only  the
              file  at  this  position  will  be unpacked, otherwise all files are extracted. The
              created files will be named index.u7o.

       -i Input
              Similar to "Create", this command creates FLEXFILE from a number  of  input  files.
              However,  "Input"  takes  the names of the input files from MANIFEST instead of the
              command line.

              MANIFEST must be a list of file names, one per line. The first name is that of  the
              Flex file that is to be created, the rest are the input files used in building it.

       -l List
              This  command  lists  the contents of a FLEXFILE.  It gives you the number of files
              contained within the Flex file, as well as the length of each file.

EXAMPLES

       expack -a animals.flx bee.wav
              Adds bee.wav to the Flex file animals.flx.

       expack -a animals.flx hamster.wav snake.wav donkey.wav
              Adds hamster.wav, snake.wav, and donkey.wav to the Flex file animals.flx.

       expack -c animals.flx duck.wav cat.wav cow.wav dog.wav
              Creates a new Flex file animals.flx  containing  duck.wav,  cat.wav,  cow.wav,  and
              dog.wav.

       expack -x text.flx 17
              Extracts the file at position 17fromtext.flxinto17.u7o.

       expack -x text.flx
              Extracts all files from text.flx into files named 0.u7o, 1.u7o, 2.u7o, etc.

       expack -i wavlist
              With wavlist reading:

              jmsfx.flx
              ant.wav
              bee.wav
              cat.wav

              will create a new Flex file jmsfx.flx consisting of ant.wav, bee.wav, andcat.wav.

       expack -l text.flx
              Lists the number and lenghts of files contained in text.flx.

BUGS

       The "Add" command (-a) does not work yet.

AUTHOR

       This manpage was written by Robert Bihlmeyer based on a text by Marc Winterrowd. It may be
       freely redistributed and modified under the  terms  of  the  GNU  General  Public  License
       version 2 or higher.