SHTOOL.TMP(1) GNU Portable Shell Tool SHTOOL.TMP(1)
shtool - The GNU Portable Shell Tool
GNU shtool 2.0.8 (18-Jul-2008)
shtool [ global_options ] command [ command_options ] [ command_args ]
GNU shtool is a compilation of small but very stable and portable shell scripts into a single shell tool. All ingredients were in
successful use over many years in various free software projects. The compiled shtool script is intended to be used inside the source tree
of those free software packages. There it can take over various (usually non-portable) tasks related to the building and installation of
The following global options are available for shtool. Any commands are ignored if one of them is present on the shtool command line.
Displays a short help page describing the usage of shtool and it's ingredient commands in a compact way.
Displays the version number of shtool.
Displays shell trace messages for debugging purposes.
Recreate the shtool script with its own individual shtoolize(1) call.
The following commands are provided by shtool. They are all called via ""shtool" command". Any command options command_opts and arguments
command_args are specific to the particular command and are described in the corresponding manual page shtool_command(1). The commands are
listed here sorted by topic, i.e., related commands are listed side-by-side.
echo echo(1) style print command providing special expansion constructs (terminal bold mode, environment details, date) and
mdate Pretty-printing of the last modification time of a file or directory.
table Pretty-printing a field-separated list as a two-dimensional table.
prop Displaying of a processing indication though a running terminal character propeller.
move mv(1) style command for renaming/moving multiple files at once and allowing source files just to be deleted if contents did
install install(1) style command for installing a program, script or data file in a portable way.
mkdir mkdir(1) style command providing support for automatical parent directory creation, directory permission control and smart
skipping if directory already exists.
mkln ln(1) style command providing automatic calculation and usage of relative links if possible.
mkshadow Creation of a shadow filesystem tree by the help of symbolic links.
fixperm Fixing of file permissions in a source tree by cleaning up the permission bits.
rotate Rotate a logfile.
tarball Roll standardized distribution tarballs.
subst Apply sed(1) substitution operations.
platform Determines platform identification information.
arx Extended archive command which can even put existing archives into an archive.
slo Separate linker options by library class.
scpp An additional C source file pre-processor for sharing cpp(1) code, internal variables and internal functions.
version Maintain a version information file in either Text, C/C++, Perl or Python. format.
path Deal with shell path variables.
shtoolize(1), shtool-arx(1), shtool-echo(1), shtool-fixperm(1), shtool-install(1), shtool-mdate(1), shtool-mkdir(1), shtool-mkln(1),
shtool-mkshadow(1), shtool-move(1), shtool-path(1), shtool-platform(1), shtool-prop(1), shtool-rotate(1), shtool-scpp(1), shtool-slo(1),
shtool-subst(1), shtool-table(1), shtool-tarball(1), shtool-version(1).
Some scripts contained in GNU shtool were already written in 1994 by Ralf S. Engelschall for use inside some private source trees. Then
they evolved into more elaborated versions over the years and were used in various free software projects like ePerl, WML, iSelect, gFONT,
etc. They were complemented with other scripts from the author which he wrote in March 1998 for the ``Apache Autoconf-style Interface''
(APACI) for Apache 1.3. In April 1999 the shtool package was created out of the accumulated master versions of the scripts and in June 1999
it entered the status of an official GNU program and this way finally joined the group of GNU autoconf, GNU automake and GNU libtool.
Ralf S. Engelschall
18-Jul-2008 shtool 2.0.8 SHTOOL.TMP(1)