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makeself: An utility to generate self-extractable archives.


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 directory.


The following options are supported.

-v, --version
Prints out the makeself version number and exits.
-h, --help
Print out help information.
Compress using gzip (default if detected).
Compress using bzip2.
Compress using pbzip2.
Compress using xz.
Compress using the UNIX 'compress' command.
Do not compress the data.
--complevel lvl
Specify the compression level for gzip,bzip2,pbzui2 or xz
The archive will create archive_dir in the current directory and uncompress in ./archive_dir.
Upon extraction, the archive will first copy itself to a temporary directory.
Append more files to an existing makeself archive. The label and startup scripts will then be ignored.
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 the symlinks in the archive.
Do not show the progress during the decompression.
Disable automatic spawn of an xterm if running in X11.
Do not wait for user input after executing embedded program from an xterm.
Do not create a MD5 checksum for the archive.
Do not create a CRC32 checksum for the archive.
--lsm file
LSM file describing the package.


Makeself has been written by St├ęphane Peter <megastep [at]>. This man page was originally written by Bartosz Fenski <fenio [at]> for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution (but it may be used by others).