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UUENCODE(1)		  BSD General Commands Manual		   UUENCODE(1)

     uuencode, uudecode — encode/decode a binary file

     uuencode [file] name
     uudecode [file ...]

     Uuencode and uudecode are used to transmit binary files over transmission
     mediums that do not support other than simple ASCII data.

     Uuencode reads file (or by default the standard input) and writes an
     encoded version to the standard output.  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 name and will have
     the mode of the original file except that setuid and execute bits are not
     retained.	Uudecode ignores any leading and trailing lines.

     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 sys1!sys2!user

     compress(1), mail(1), uucp(1), uuencode(5), format(5)

     The encoded form of the file is expanded by 35% (3 bytes become 4 plus
     control information).

     The uuencode command appeared in 4.0BSD.

4th Berkeley Distribution	 June 6, 1993	     4th Berkeley Distribution

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