GNU shtool 2.0.7 (19-May-2007)

       shtool [ global_options ] command [ command_options ] [ command_args ]

       GNU shtool is a compilation of small but very stable and portable shell
       scripts into a single shell tool. All ingredients were in successful
       use over many years in various free software projects. The compiled
       shtool script is intended to be used inside the source tree of those
       free software packages.  There it can take over various (usually
       non-portable) tasks related to the building and installation of such

       The following global options are available for shtool. Any commands are
       ignored if one of them is present on the shtool command line.

       -h, --help
           Displays a short help page describing the usage of shtool and it's
           ingredient commands in a compact way.

       -v, --version
           Displays the version number of shtool.

       -d, --debug
           Displays shell trace messages for debugging purposes.

       -r, --recreate
           Recreate the shtool script with its own individual shtoolize(1)

       The following commands are provided by shtool. They are all called via
       ""shtool" command". Any command options command_opts and arguments com-
       mand_args are specific to the particular command and are described in
       the corresponding manual page shtool_command(1).  The commands are
       listed here sorted by topic, i.e., related commands are listed

       echo            echo(1) style print command providing special expansion
                       constructs (terminal bold mode, environment details,
                       date) and newline control.

       mdate           Pretty-printing of the last modification time of a file
                       or directory.

       table           Pretty-printing a field-separated list as a two-dimen-
                       sional table.

       prop            Displaying of a processing indication though a running
                       terminal character propeller.

       mkln            ln(1) style command providing automatic calculation and
                       usage of relative links if possible.

       mkshadow        Creation of a shadow filesystem tree by the help of
                       symbolic links.

       fixperm         Fixing of file permissions in a source tree by cleaning
                       up the permission bits.

       rotate          Rotate a logfile.

       tarball         Roll standardized distribution tarballs.

       subst           Apply sed(1) substitution operations.

       platform        Determines platform identification information.

       arx             Extended archive command which can even put existing
                       archives into an archive.

       slo             Separate linker options by library class.

       scpp            An additional C source file pre-processor for sharing
                       cpp(1) code, internal variables and internal functions.

       version         Maintain a version information file in either Text,
                       C/C++, Perl or Python.  format.

       path            Deal with shell path variables.

       shtoolize(1), shtool-arx(1), shtool-echo(1), shtool-fixperm(1),
       shtool-install(1), shtool-mdate(1), shtool-mkdir(1), shtool-mkln(1),
       shtool-mkshadow(1), shtool-move(1), shtool-path(1), shtool-platform(1),
       shtool-prop(1), shtool-rotate(1), shtool-scpp(1), shtool-slo(1),
       shtool-subst(1), shtool-table(1), shtool-tarball(1), shtool-version(1).

       Some scripts contained in GNU shtool were already written in 1994 by
       Ralf S. Engelschall for use inside some private source trees. Then they
       evolved into more elaborated versions over the years and were used in
       various free software projects like ePerl, WML, iSelect, gFONT, etc.
       They were complemented with other scripts from the author which he
       wrote in March 1998 for the ``Apache Autoconf-style Interface'' (APACI)
       for Apache 1.3. In April 1999 the shtool package was created out of the
       accumulated master versions of the scripts and in June 1999 it entered
       the status of an official GNU program and this way finally joined the
       group of GNU autoconf, GNU automake and GNU libtool.

        Ralf S. Engelschall
        [email protected]
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