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           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  flexi-
           bility  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 sepa-
                  Limit  output  file  size to XXk bytes and split files if neces-
                  sary.  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 uude-
                  coded prior to packing (USE OF UUENCODE IS  NOT  APPRECIATED  BY
           -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 UUEN-
                  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 exist-
           -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 lan-
                  guage 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 pro-
           cess 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
           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  uuen-
           code in the subject line.  It helps to spot the message.
                                     July 1, 2005                          SHAR(1)

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