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UNSHAR(1)                                                            UNSHAR(1)

       unshar - unpack a shar file

       unshar [ options ] [ file ... ]

       Unshar scans mail messages looking for the start of a shell archive.  It then passes the archive through a copy
       of the shell to unpack it.  It will accept multiple files.  If no files are given, standard input is used.

       Options have a one letter version starting with - or a long version starting with --.  The exception is  --help
       and --version, which does not have a short version.

              Print the version number of the program on standard output, then immediately exits.

       --help Print a help summary on standard output, then immediately exits.

       -d DIRECTORY  --directory=DIRECTORY
              Change directory to DIRECTORY before unpacking any files.

       -c  --overwrite
              Passed  as  an  option to the shar file.  Many shell archive scripts (including those produced by 'shar'
              3.40 and newer) accepts a -c argument to indicate that existing files should be overwritten.

       -e  --exit-0
              This option exists mainly for people who collect many shell archives into a single  mail  folder.   With
              this  option,  'unshar' isolates each different shell archive from the others which have been put in the
              same file, unpacking each in turn, from the beginning of the file towards its end.  Its proper operation
              relies on the fact that many shar files are terminated by a 'exit 0' at the beginning of a line.

              Option -e is internally equivalent to -E "exit 0".

       -E STRING  --split-at=STRING
              This  option  works like -e, but it allows you to specify the string that separates archives if 'exit 0'
              isn't appropriate.

              For example, noticing that most '.signatures' have a '--' on a line right before them, one can sometimes
              use  '--split-at=--'  for  splitting  shell archives which lack the 'exit 0' line at end.  The signature
              will then be skipped altogether with the headers of the following message.

       -f  --force
              The same as -c.


       Any message from the shell may be displayed.

       The shar and unshar programs is the collective work of many authors.   Many  people  contributed  by  reporting
       problems,  suggesting  various improvements or submitting actual code.  A list of these people is in the THANKS
       file in the sharutils distribution.

       Report bugs to <>.  Please put sharutils in the subject line.  It helps to spot  the  mes-

                              September 10, 1995                     UNSHAR(1)