Package sharutils

The GNU shar utilities for packaging and unpackaging shell archives

The sharutils package contains the GNU shar utilities, a set of tools for
encoding and decoding packages of files (in binary or text format) in
a special plain text format called shell archives (shar). This format can be
sent through e-mail (which can be problematic for regular binary files). The
shar utility supports a wide range of capabilities (compressing, uuencoding,
splitting long files for multi-part mailings, providing check-sums), which
make it very flexible at creating shar files. After the files have been sent,
the unshar tool scans mail messages looking for shar files. Unshar
automatically strips off mail headers and introductory text and then unpacks
the shar files.

General Commands
Command Description
shar create a shell archive
unshar unpack a shar archive
uudecode decode an encoded file
uuencode encode a file into email friendly text
File Formats
File Description
uuencode format of an encoded uuencode file