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       vmsprep - VMS tape preperation aid

       vmsprep [-] [name ...]

       Vmsprep traverses hierarchies of files and prepares them for transportation to VMS.  Since
       ANSI stardard tapes (the VMS standard) do not allow hierarchy,  this  program  provides	a
       method  of  flattening  the hierarchy onto a tape in such a way that it can be unpacked on
       VMS to recreate the same tree structure.

       For reasons best not described here, vmsprep will attempt to exclude all RCS and SCCS  ar-
       chives  by ignoring all files or directories named 'RCS' or 'SCCS', or files starting with
       's.' or ending in ',v'.

       The  output  of	vmsprep  is  a	 pair	of   files   vmsprep.namelist	and   UNPACK.COM.
       vmsprep.namelist  is  a	list  of files to be placed on the tape in the format required by
       ansitape.  If the first argument is '-' instead of a file or directory name, vmsprep  will
       instead	send  the  namelist  to  standard  output,  and place UNPACK.COM in /tmp to avoid
       attempting to write in the current directory.  All of the files except UNPACK.COM will  be
       placed  on  the	tape  under cryptic names.  UNPACK.COM is a VMS command script which will
       recreate all of the necessary directories and then move the  cryptically  named	files  to
       their proper place.

       A typical sequence would be:
	      vmsprep - tree1 tree2 file | ansitape cln trees -
       Then on a VMS machine
	      mount MFA0: trees
	      copy MFA0:*.*.* *


       A  warning  is  reported if a file or directory name contains a character not permitted in
       VMS names.  The offending character is replaced by 'Z' and vmsprep continues.


       Extra periods in file names may not be dealt with optimally.
       All files and directories to be moved must be descendants of the  current  working  direc-
       tory.  Absolute path names and paths containing ".."  will produce unpredictable results.
       Since vmsprep uses find(1) internally, it does not follow symbolic links.
       The exclusion of RCS and SCCS files should be controlled by a command line flag.
       Assumes VMS v4.0 or greater for long file names.

					4/10/85 UCB Local			   VMSPREP(LOCAL)
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