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  GNU shtool -- The GNU Portable Shell Tool
  Copyright (c) 1994-2008 Ralf S. Engelschall <>

  Version 2.0.8 (18-Jul-2008)

  The GNU shtool program is a compilation of small but very stable and
  portable shell scripts into a single shell tool. All ingredients
  were in successful use over many years in various free software
  projects. The compiled shtool program is intended to be used inside
  the source tree of free software packages. There it can take over
  various (usually non-portable) tasks related to the building and
  installation of such packages.

  It currently contains the following tools:

  echo       Print string with optional construct expansion
  mdate      Pretty-print modification time of a file or dir
  table      Pretty print a field-separated list as a table
  prop       Display progress with a running propeller
  move       Move files with simultan substitution
  install    Install a program, script or datafile
  mkdir      Make one or more directories
  mkln       Make link with calculation of relative paths
  mkshadow   Make a shadow tree
  fixperm    Fix file permissions inside a source tree
  rotate     Rotate logfiles
  tarball    Roll distribution tarballs
  subst      Apply sed(1) substitution operations
  platform   Platform identification utility
  arx        Extended archive command
  slo        Separate linker options by library class
  scpp       Sharing C Pre-Processor
  version    Generate and maintain a version information file
  path       Deal with program paths

  This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
  it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
  the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
  (at your option) any later version.

  This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
  but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
  General Public License for more details.

  You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
  along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
  Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307,
  USA, or contact Ralf S. Engelschall <>.

  NOTICE: Given that you include GNU shtool verbatim into your own
  source tree, you are justified in saying that it remains separate from
  your package, and that this way you are simply just using GNU shtool.
  So, in this situation, there is no requirement that your package
  itself is licensed under the GNU General Public License in order to
  take advantage of GNU shtool.

  The documentation and latest release can be found on
                                       Ralf S. Engelschall