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makeself - An utility to generate self-extractable archives.


makeself [options] archive_dir file_name label [startup_script] [args]


This program is a free (GPL) utility designed to create self-extractable archives from a


The following options are supported.

-v, --version Prints out the makeself version number and exits.

-h, --help Print out help information.

--gzip Compress using gzip (default if detected).

--bzip2 Compress using bzip2.

--pbzip2 Compress using pbzip2.

--xz Compress using xz.

--compress Compress using the UNIX 'compress' command.

--nocomp Do not compress the data.

--complevel lvl
Specify the compression level for gzip,bzip2,pbzui2 or xz

--notemp The archive will create archive_dir in the current directory and uncompress
in ./archive_dir.

--copy Upon extraction, the archive will first copy itself to a temporary

--append Append more files to an existing makeself archive. The label and startup
scripts will then be ignored.

--current Files will be extracted to the current directory. Both --current and
--target dir imply --notemp.

--target dir Extract directly to a target directory. Directory path can be either
absolute or relative.

--header file Specify location of the header script.

--follow Follow the symlinks in the archive.

--noprogress Do not show the progress during the decompression.

--nox11 Disable automatic spawn of an xterm if running in X11.

--nowait Do not wait for user input after executing embedded program from an xterm.

--nomd5 Do not create a MD5 checksum for the archive.

--nocrc Do not create a CRC32 checksum for the archive.

--lsm file LSM file describing the package.


Makeself has been written by Stéphane Peter <[email protected]>. This man page was
originally written by Bartosz Fenski <[email protected]> for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution
(but it may be used by others).

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