SHAR(1) BSD General Commands Manual SHAR(1)NAMEshar — create a shell archive of files
SYNOPSISshar file ...
The shar command writes a sh(1) shell script to the standard output which
will recreate the file hierarchy specified by the command line operands.
Directories will be recreated and must be specified before the files they
contain (the find(1) utility does this correctly).
The shar command is normally used for distributing files by ftp(1) or
To create a shell archive of the program ls(1) and mail it to Rick:
shar `find . -print` | mail -s "ls source" rick
To recreate the program directory:
<delete header lines and examine mailed archive>
SEE ALSOcompress(1), mail(1), tar(1), uuencode(1)HISTORY
The shar command appeared in 4.4BSD.
The shar command makes no provisions for special types of files or files
containing magic characters. The shar command cannot handle files with‐
out a newline ('\n') as the last character.
It is easy to insert trojan horses into shar files. It is strongly rec‐
ommended that all shell archive files be examined before running them
through sh(1). Archives produced using this implementation of shar may
be easily examined with the command:
egrep -v '^[X#]' shar.file
BSD June 6, 1993 BSD