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sharutils 4.8 has been released

From: Bruce Korb
Subject: sharutils 4.8 has been released
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:39:51 -0800
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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 checksums), 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.

Note that unshar is inherently unsafe by design, because it executes
arbitrary shell scripts; therefore the creation of shar archives should be
limited to situations where the receiver trusts the sender.  However,
uuencode and uudecode are useful in their own right, and are safe to use.

Primary focus:  version 3 of GPL
Secondary: minor bug fixes & gnulib-ification


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