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

NAME
       shtool-tarball - GNU shtool command for rolling standardized tarballs

SYNOPSIS
       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 ...]

DESCRIPTION
       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.

OPTIONS
       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]\$"".

EXAMPLE
	#   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' .

HISTORY
       The GNU shtool tarball command was originally written by Ralf S.  Engelschall
       <rse@engelschall.com> in 1999 for GNU shtool.

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

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