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shtool-tarball - GNU shtool command for rolling standardized tarballs
shtool tarball [-t|--trace] [-v|--verbose] [-o|--output tarball] [-c|--compress prog] [-d|--directory directory] [-u|--user user] [-g|--group group] [-e|--exclude pattern] path [path ...]
This command is for rolling input files under path into a distribution tarballs which can be extracted by tar(1). The four important aspects of good open source software tarballs are: (1) unpack into a single top-level directory, (2) top-level directory corresponds to the tarball filename, (3) tarball files should be sorted and (4) arbitrary names for file owner and group.
The following command line options are available. -v, --verbose Display some processing information. -t, --trace Enable the output of the essential shell commands which are executed. -o, --output tarball Output tarball to file tarball. -c, --compress prog Pipe resulting tarball through compression program prog. -d, --directory directory Sets the top-level directory into which the tarball unpacks. By default it is tarball without the trailing ".tar.*" extension. -u, --user user The user (owner) of files and directories in the tarball to user. -g, --group group The group of files and directories in the tarball to group. -e, --exclude pattern Exclude files and directories matching comma-separated list of regex pattern from the tarball. Directories are expanded before the filtering takes place. The default filter pattern is ""CVS,\\.cvsignore,\\.svn,\\.[oa]\$"".
# Makefile.in dist: ... V=`shtool version -d short ...`; \ shtool tarball -o foobar-$$V.tar.gz -c 'gzip -9' \ -u bar -g gnu -e 'CVS,\.cvsignore' .
The GNU shtool tarball command was originally written by Ralf S. Engelschall <email@example.com> in 1999 for GNU shtool.