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VMSPREP(1)							    VMSPREP(1)

NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     vmsprep - VMS tape	preparation aid

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     vmsprep [-] [name ...]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     Vmsprep traverses hierarchies of files and	prepares them for
     transportation to VMS.  Since ANSI	standard tapes (the VMS	standard) do
     not allow hierarchy, this program provides	a method of flattening the
     hierarchy onto a tape in such a way that it can be	unpacked on VMS	to
     recreate the same tree structure.

     For reasons best not described here, vmsprep will attempt to exclude all
     RCS and SCCS archives by ignoring all files or directories	named 'RCS' or
     'SCCS', or	files starting with 's.' or ending in ',v'.

     The output	of vmsprep is a	pair of	files vmsprep.namelist and UNPACK.COM.
     vmsprep.namelist is a list	of files to be placed on the tape in the
     format required by	ansitape. If the first argument	is '-' instead of a
     file or directory name, vmsprep will instead send the namelist to
     standard output, and place	UNPACK.COM in /tmp to avoid attempting to
     write in the current directory.  All of the files except UNPACK.COM will
     be	placed on the tape under cryptic names.	 UNPACK.COM is a VMS command
     script which will recreate	all of the necessary directories and then move
     the cryptically named files to their proper place.

     A typical sequence	would be:
	  vmsprep - tree1 tree2	file | ansitape	cln trees -
     Then on the VMS machine
	  mount	MFA0: trees
	  copy MFA0:*.*.* *

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]


DIAGNOSTICS    [Toc]    [Back]

     A warning is reported if a	file or	directory name contains	a character
     not permitted in VMS names. The offending character is replaced by	'Z'
     and vmsprep continues.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]


BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

     Extra periods in file names may not be dealt with optimally.

     All files and directories to be moved must	be descendants of the current
     working directory.	 Absolute path names and paths containing ".."	will
     produce unpredictable results.

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VMSPREP(1)							    VMSPREP(1)

     Since vmsprep uses	find(1)	internally, it does not	follow symbolic	links.

     The exclusion of RCS and SCCS files should	be controlled by a command
     line flag.

     Assumes VMS v4.0 or greater for long file names.

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