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shtoolize: Build individual GNU shtool scripts


shtoolize - Build individual GNU shtool scripts


GNU shtool 2.0.8 (18-Jul-2008)


shtoolize [-h] [-v] [-q] [-o script] module [ module ... ]


The shtoolize program builds individual GNU shtool scripts (written to the default output file "shtool" or to the specified script) out of one or more shtool ingredient modules. Available modules are:

 echo       Print string with optional construct expansion
 mdate      Pretty-print modification time of a file or dir
 table      Pretty print a field-separated list as a table
 prop       Display progress with a running propeller
 move       Move files with simultan substitution
 install    Install a program, script or datafile
 mkdir      Make one or more directories
 mkln       Make link with calculation of relative paths
 mkshadow   Make a shadow tree
 fixperm    Fix file permissions inside a source tree
 rotate     Rotate a logfile
 tarball    Roll distribution tarballs
 subst      Apply sed(1) substitution operations
 platform   Platform identification utility
 arx        Extended archive command
 slo        Separate linker options by library class
 scpp       Sharing C Pre-Processor
 version    Generate and maintain a version information file
 path       Deal with program paths

Additionally there is a pseudo-module ``"all"'' which can be used as a short-hand for ``"echo mdate table prop move install mkdir mkln mkshadow fixperm platform arx slo scpp version path"'', i.e. to build a shtool script with all modules in the standard order. An installed shtool is usually built this way via ``"shtoolize -o shtool all"''.

Use the shtoolize program to build individual shtool scripts in case you want a smaller sized script and you don't need all of the available shtool functionality. For instance for the classical Autoconf based free software package a "shtool" script build via ``"shtoolize -o shtool install mkdir"'' might be sufficient.


The following command line options exist:
Displays a short help page describing the usage of shtoolize.
Displays the version number of shtoolize/shtool.
Displays no processing information.
-o script
Writes the output to file script instead to file ``"shtool"''.


The typical free software package which is based on GNU libtool and GNU shtool one uses a "Makefile" entry like the following:

 #   Makefile entry for upgrading GNU tools
     libtoolize -f -c
     shtoolize -q all

This upgrades the three files "", "ltconfig" and "shtool" in the current source tree to the latest versions.


 Ralf S. Engelschall
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