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Linux 2.6 - man page for shtool (linux section 1)

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

NAME
       shtool - The GNU Portable Shell Tool

VERSION
       GNU shtool 2.0.8 (18-Jul-2008)

SYNOPSIS
       shtool [ global_options ] command [ command_options ] [ command_args ]

DESCRIPTION
       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 such packages.

GLOBAL OPTIONS
       The following global options are available for shtool. Any commands are ignored if one of
       them is present on the shtool command line.

       -h, --help
	   Displays a short help page describing the usage of shtool and it's ingredient commands
	   in a compact way.

       -v, --version
	   Displays the version number of shtool.

       -d, --debug
	   Displays shell trace messages for debugging purposes.

       -r, --recreate
	   Recreate the shtool script with its own individual shtoolize(1) call.

COMMANDS
       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 newline control.

       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 not change.

       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.

SEE ALSO
       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).

HISTORY
       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.

AUTHOR
	Ralf S. Engelschall
	rse@engelschall.com
	www.engelschall.com

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


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