Man page of SHAR
Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: July 1, 2005
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shar - create shell archives
shar [ options ] file ...
shar -S [ options ]
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.
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 archive.
- -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.
- -o XXX --output-prefix=XXX
Save the archive to files XXX.01 thru XXX.nn instead of sending it to
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 files.
- -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 [email protected] --submitter=[email protected]
Override automatically determined submitter name.
- -a --net-headers
Allows automatic generation of headers:
Submitted-by: [email protected]
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 [email protected] can be
explicitly stated with the -s switch if the default isn't appropriate.
[email protected] is essentially built as `whoami`@`uname`.
- -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 APPRECIATED BY MANY ON THE NET).
- -z --gzip
Gzip and uuencode all files prior to packing. The recipient must have
uudecode and gzip in order to unpack
(USE OF UUENCODE AND GZIP IS NOT APPRECIATED BY MANY ON THE NET).
- -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 UUENCODE AND COMPRESS IS NOT APPRECIATED BY MANY ON THE NET).
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
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
- -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
- -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 -oarc.sh *.arc # all binary .arc files, into
# files arc.sh.01 thru arc.sh.NN
shar -f /lcl/src/u*.c > u.sh # 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 running.
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 failure.
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 <[email protected]>. Please put
in the subject line. It helps to spot the message.
- Giving feedback:
- Selecting files:
- Splitting output:
- Controlling the shar headers:
- Selecting how files are stocked:
- Protecting against transmission errors:
- Producing different kinds of shars:
- SEE ALSO
- REPORTING BUGS
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Time: 03:41:17 GMT, September 24, 2010