mkmanifest Man page

mkmanifest General Commands Manual mkmanifest

Name
mkmanifest – makes list of file names and their DOS 8+3 equivalent

Note of warning
This manpage has been automatically generated from mtools’s texinfo
documentation, and may not be entirely accurate or complete. See the
end of this man page for details.

Description
The mkmanifest command is used to create a shell script (packing list)
to restore Unix filenames. Its syntax is:

mkmanifest [ files ]

Mkmanifest creates a shell script that aids in the restoration of Unix
filenames that got clobbered by the MS-DOS filename restrictions. MS-
DOS filenames are restricted to 8 character names, 3 character exten‐
sions, upper case only, no device names, and no illegal characters.

The mkmanifest program is compatible with the methods used in pcomm,
arc, and mtools to change perfectly good Unix filenames to fit the MS-
DOS restrictions. This command is only useful if the target system
which will read the diskette cannot handle VFAT long names.

Example
You want to copy the following Unix files to a MS-DOS diskette (using
the mcopy command).

very_long_name
2.many.dots
illegal:
good.c
prn.dev
Capital

ASCII converts the names to:

very_lon
2xmany.dot
illegalx
good.c
xprn.dev
capital

The command:

mkmanifest very_long_name 2.many.dots illegal: good.c prn.dev Capital >manifest

would produce the following:

mv very_lon very_long_name
mv 2xmany.dot 2.many.dots
mv illegalx illegal:
mv xprn.dev prn.dev
mv capital Capital

Notice that “good.c” did not require any conversion, so it did not
appear in the output.

Suppose I’ve copied these files from the diskette to another Unix sys‐
tem, and I now want the files back to their original names. If the
file “manifest” (the output captured above) was sent along with those
files, it could be used to convert the filenames.

Bugs
The short names generated by mkmanifest follow the old convention (from
mtools-2.0.7) and not the one from Windows 95 and mtools-3.0.

See Also
Mtools’ texinfo doc

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./configure; make dvi; dvips mtools.dvi

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./configure; make html

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