mkmanifest - makes list of file names and their DOS 8+3 equivalent
Note of warning
This manpage has been automatically generated from mtools's texinfo documentation, and may
not be entirely accurate or complete. See the end of this man page for details.
The mkmanifest command is used to create a shell script (packing list) to restore Unix
filenames. Its syntax is:
mkmanifest [ files ]
Mkmanifest creates a shell script that aids in the restoration of Unix filenames that got
clobbered by the MS-DOS filename restrictions. MS-DOS filenames are restricted to 8 char-
acter names, 3 character extensions, upper case only, no device names, and no illegal
The mkmanifest program is compatible with the methods used in pcomm, arc, and mtools to
change perfectly good Unix filenames to fit the MS-DOS restrictions. This command is only
useful if the target system which will read the diskette cannot handle vfat long names.
You want to copy the following Unix files to a MS-DOS diskette (using the mcopy command).
Mcopy converts the names to:
mkmanifest very_long_name 2.many.dots illegal: good.c prn.dev Capital >manifest
would produce the following:
mv very_lon very_long_name
mv 2xmany.dot 2.many.dots
mv illegalx illegal:
mv xprn.dev prn.dev
mv capital Capital
Notice that "good.c" did not require any conversion, so it did not appear in the output.
Suppose I've copied these files from the diskette to another Unix system, and I now want
the files back to their original names. If the file "manifest" (the output captured
above) was sent along with those files, it could be used to convert the filenames.
The short names generated by mkmanifest follow the old convention (from mtools-2.0.7) and
not the one from Windows 95 and mtools-3.0.
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appropriate representation in the manpage format. Moreover, not all information has been
translated into the manpage version. Thus I strongly advise you to use the original tex-
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* To generate a printable copy from the texinfo doc, run the following commands:
./configure; make dvi; dvips mtools.dvi
* To generate a html copy, run:
./configure; make html
A premade html can be found at: `http://mtools.linux.lu' and also at:
* To generate an info copy (browsable using emacs' info mode), run:
./configure; make info
The texinfo doc looks most pretty when printed or as html. Indeed, in the info version
certain examples are difficult to read due to the quoting conventions used in info.
mtools-3.9.8 02Jun01 mkmanifest(1)