MirBSD manpage: b64decode(1), b64encode(1), uudecode(1), uuencode(1)

UUENCODE(1)                  BSD Reference Manual                  UUENCODE(1)


     uuencode, uudecode, b64encode, b64decode - encode/decode a binary file


     uuencode [-mr] [-o output_file] [file] name
     uudecode [-cimprs] [file ...]
     uudecode [-i] -o output_file
     b64encode [-r] [-o output_file] [file] name
     b64decode [-ciprs] [file ...]
     b64decode [-i] -o output_file [file]


     The uuencode and uudecode utilities are used to transmit binary files
     over transmission mediums that do not support formats other than print-
     able ASCII data. b64encode and b64decode are equivalent to running
     uuencode and uudecode respectively with the -m flag specified.

     uuencode reads file (or by default, the standard input) and writes an en-
     coded version to the standard output, or to output_file if it has been
     specified. The encoding uses only printing ASCII characters and includes
     the mode of the file and the operand name for use by uudecode.

     uudecode transforms "uuencoded" files (or by default, the standard input)
     into the original form. The resulting file is named either name or
     (depending on options passed to uudecode) output_file and will have the
     mode of the original file except that set-user-ID and execute bits are
     not retained. uudecode ignores any leading and trailing lines.

     The options for uuencode are as follows:

     -m     Use the Base64 method of encoding, rather than the traditional
            uuencode algorithm.

     -r     Do not write any framing lines. This is a MirBSD extension.

     -o output_file
            Output to output_file instead of standard output.

     The options for uudecode are as follows:

     -c     Decode more than one uuencoded file from file if possible.

     -i     Do not overwrite files.

     -m     When used with the -r flag, decode Base64 input instead of tradi-
            tional uuencode input. Without -r it has no effect.

     -o output_file
            Output to output_file instead of any pathname contained in the in-
            put data.

     -p     Decode file and write output to standard output.

     -r     Decode raw (or broken) input which is missing the initial and pos-
            sibly the final framing lines. The input is assumed to be in the
            traditional uuencode encoding, but if the -m flag is used, or if
            the utility is invoked as b64decode, then the input is assumed to
            be in Base64 format.

     -s     Do not strip output pathname to base filename. By default uudecode
            deletes any prefix ending with the last slash '/' for security


     The following example packages up a source tree, compresses it, uuencodes
     it and mails it to a user on another system. When uudecode is run on the
     target system, the file src_tree.tar.Z will be created which may then be
     uncompressed and extracted into the original tree.

           $ tar cf - src_tree | compress | \
           uuencode src_tree.tar.Z | mail user@example.com

     The following example unpacks all uuencoded files from your mailbox into
     your current working directory.

           $ uudecode -c < $MAIL

     The following example extracts a compressed tar archive from your mailbox

           $ uudecode -o /dev/stdout < $MAIL | zcat | tar xfv -


     basename(1), compress(1), mail(1), uuencode(5)


     The uudecode and uuencode utilities conform to IEEE Std 1003.2-1992


     The uudecode and uuencode utilities appeared in 4.0BSD.

     The b64decode and b64encode utilities appeared in OpenBSD 3.6, MirBSD #8.


     Files encoded using the traditional algorithm are expanded by 35% (3
     bytes become 4 plus control information).

MirBSD #10-current             January 27, 2002                              1

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