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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for mtree (netbsd section 5)

MTREE(5)			     BSD File Formats Manual				 MTREE(5)

     mtree -- format of mtree dir hierarchy files

     The mtree format is a textual format that describes a collection of filesystem objects.
     Such files are typically used to create or verify directory hierarchies.

   General Format
     An mtree file consists of a series of lines, each providing information about a single
     filesystem object.  Leading whitespace is always ignored.

     When encoding file or pathnames, any backslash character or character outside of the 95
     printable ASCII characters must be encoded as a a backslash followed by three octal digits.
     When reading mtree files, any appearance of a backslash followed by three octal digits
     should be converted into the corresponding character.

     Each line is interpreted independently as one of the following types:

     Signature	 The first line of any mtree file must begin with ``#mtree''.  If a file contains
		 any full path entries, the first line should begin with ``#mtree v2.0'', other-
		 wise, the first line should begin with ``#mtree v1.0''.

     Blank	 Blank lines are ignored.

     Comment	 Lines beginning with # are ignored.

     Special	 Lines beginning with / are special commands that influence the interpretation of
		 later lines.

     Relative	 If the first whitespace-delimited word has no / characters, it is the name of a
		 file in the current directory.  Any relative entry that describes a directory
		 changes the current directory.

     dot-dot	 As a special case, a relative entry with the filename .. changes the current
		 directory to the parent directory.  Options on dot-dot entries are always

     Full	 If the first whitespace-delimited word has a / character after the first charac-
		 ter, it is the pathname of a file relative to the starting directory.	There can
		 be multiple full entries describing the same file.

     Some tools that process mtree files may require that multiple lines describing the same file
     occur consecutively.  It is not permitted for the same file to be mentioned using both a
     relative and a full file specification.

   Special commands
     Two special commands are currently defined:

     /set	 This command defines default values for one or more keywords.	It is followed on
		 the same line by one or more whitespace-separated keyword definitions.  These
		 definitions apply to all following files that do not specify a value for that

     /unset	 This command removes any default value set by a previous /set command.  It is
		 followed on the same line by one or more keywords separated by whitespace.

     After the filename, a full or relative entry consists of zero or more whitespace-separated
     keyword definitions.  Each such definition consists of a key from the following list immedi-
     ately followed by an '=' sign and a value.  Software programs reading mtree files should
     warn about unrecognized keywords.

     Currently supported keywords are as follows:

     cksum	 The checksum of the file using the default algorithm specified by the cksum(1)

     contents	 The full pathname of a file that holds the contents of this file.

     flags	 The file flags as a symbolic name.  See chflags(1) for information on these
		 names.  If no flags are to be set the string ``none'' may be used to override
		 the current default.

     gid	 The file group as a numeric value.

     gname	 The file group as a symbolic name.

     ignore	 Ignore any file hierarchy below this file.

     link	 The target of the symbolic link when type=link.

     md5	 The MD5 message digest of the file.

     md5digest	 A synonym for md5.

     mode	 The current file's permissions as a numeric (octal) or symbolic value.

     nlink	 The number of hard links the file is expected to have.

     nochange	 Make sure this file or directory exists but otherwise ignore all attributes.

		 The RIPEMD160 message digest of the file.

     rmd160	 A synonym for ripemd160digest.

		 A synonym for ripemd160digest.

     sha1	 The FIPS 160-1 (``SHA-1'') message digest of the file.

     sha1digest  A synonym for sha1.

     sha256	 The FIPS 180-2 (``SHA-256'') message digest of the file.

		 A synonym for sha256.

     size	 The size, in bytes, of the file.

     time	 The last modification time of the file.

     type	 The type of the file; may be set to any one of the following:

		 block	     block special device
		 char	     character special device
		 dir	     directory
		 fifo	     fifo
		 file	     regular file
		 link	     symbolic link
		 socket      socket

     uid	 The file owner as a numeric value.

     uname	 The file owner as a symbolic name.

     cksum(1), find(1), mtree(8)

     The FreeBSD implementation of mtree does not currently support the mtree 2.0 format.  The
     requirement for a ``#mtree'' signature line is new and not yet widely implemented.

     The mtree utility appeared in 4.3BSD-Reno.  The MD5 digest capability was added in
     FreeBSD 2.1, in response to the widespread use of programs which can spoof cksum(1).  The
     SHA-1 and RIPEMD160 digests were added in FreeBSD 4.0, as new attacks have demonstrated
     weaknesses in MD5.  The SHA-256 digest was added in FreeBSD 6.0.  Support for file flags was
     added in FreeBSD 4.0, and mostly comes from NetBSD.  The ``full'' entry format was added by

BSD					 August 20, 2007				      BSD

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