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makedist - a distribution kit maker


makedist [ -dhqvV ] [ -c dir ] [ -s size ] [-f manifest ]


Makedist is a rather simpleminded shar program that knows how to pack files into multiple
kits of approximately 50000 bytes each. The shar scripts produced assume very little
about the target machine; there is correspondingly little error checking done compared to
other shar programs. Alternatively, with the -c option, you can create a directory
containing the whole source tree, and then pack it up using your own shell archiver.

If you are using the copyright expansion feature (as determined by packinit), then you
have to pack your distribution using this program to ensure the copyright is correctly

In order to run makedist you have to do two things:

1) Create a .package file in the package's top-level directory by running packinit. This
program will ask you about your package and remember what you tell it so that all the
dist programs can be smart.

2) Create a MANIFEST.new file in your top-level directory that lists all the files in
your package. The filename should be the first field on each line. After some
whitespace you can add a comment describing your file (briefly).

After running makedist, you will have a set of kits in your top-level directory. If your
package name is "foo", they will be named foo.kit1, foo.kit2, etc. The file created
PACKLIST file is automatically added to the distribution and tells which files come with
which kits. If you used the -c option, you will end-up with a single directory instead,
containing the whole distribution, ready to be sent to the end-user.

If a file is too large to be packed as-is in one archive, it will be automatically split
in smaller parts. Only the first 11 characters of the file will be kept though, and
makedist will abort if two distinct files are to be split and have the same 11 first
characters in their names. The split files will automatically be reconstructed at the end
of the archive extraction by running a script generated in PACKNOTES.

You may then mail your kits via kitsend or post them with kitpost.


The following options are handled by makedist:

-c dir Tell makedist that the distribution should be copied (mirrored) in the specified
directory, instead of producing shell archives. Compatible with the -q option.

-d Turn on debug mode. Probably not useful.

-f file Use file as manifest. By default, MANIFEST.new is used.

-h Print help message and exit.

-q Quick production of the kits: the checked-out version of the files is used,
instead of using the RCS file to actually get the latest checked-in version.
This will save some considerable time, but you have to be sure the checked-out
version is up-to-date or you might end up with an inconsistent package.

-s size Set maximum kit size to size bytes.

-v Verbose mode: trace kit building process or tree mirroring.

-V Print version number and exit.


Larry Wall <[email protected]> (version 2.0)
Raphael Manfredi <[email protected]>

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