SHTOOL-TARBALL.TMP(1)       GNU Portable Shell Tool      SHTOOL-TARBALL.TMP(1)

       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

       -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

            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 <> in 1999 for GNU shtool.

       shtool(1), tar(1), compress(1).

18-Jul-2008                      shtool 2.0.8            SHTOOL-TARBALL.TMP(1)
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