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       vmsprep - VMS tape preparation aid

       vmsprep [-] [name ...]

       Vmsprep	traverses  hierarchies	of  files and prepares them for trans‐
       portation to VMS.  Since ANSI stardard tapes (the VMS standard) do  not
       allow hierarchy, this program provides a method of flattening the hier‐
       archy 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 direc‐
       tories 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 a VMS machine
	      mount MFA0: trees
	      copy MFA0:*.*.* *


       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.


       Extra periods in file names may not be dealt with optimally.
       All  files  and directories to be moved must be descendants of the cur‐
       rent working directory.	Absolute path names and paths containing  ".."
       will produce unpredictable results.
       Since  vmsprep  uses  find(1)  internally,  it does not follow symbolic
       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.

			       4/10/85 UCB Local		VMSPREP(LOCAL)

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