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mkmanifest - mtools utility to create a shell script to restore UNIX file
names from DOS
A list of UNIX file names to be converted to DOS name format.
The mkmanifest command creates a shell script that aids in the restore of
UNIX file names that were overwritten by DOS file name restrictions. DOS
file names are uppercase only, cannot exceed 8 character names, 3 character
extensions and do not support device names or nonalphanumeric characters.
Not all UNIX file names are supported in the DOS world. The mtools
commands may have to change UNIX names to fit the DOS file name
conventions. Most commands provide the verbose option (-v), that displays
new file names if they have been changed. The following table shows some
examples of file name conversions:
UNIX name DOS name Reason for the change
thisisatest THISISAT file name too long
file.stuff FILE.STU extension too long
prn.txt XRN.TXT PRN is a device name
.abc X.ABC null file name
hot+cold HOTXCOLD illegal character
The following exit values are returned:
Assume you have the following UNIX files that you want to copy to a DOS
diskette using the mcopy command.
The mcopy command converts these file names to the following:
To restore the previous file names, use the mkmanifest command as follows:
mkmanifest very_long_name 2.many.dots illegal: \
good.c prn.dev Capital > manifest
The previous mkmanifest command line produces 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
The good.c file name did not require conversion, hence it was not included
in the output.
If these files were copied from diskette to another UNIX system, and you
wanted to restore the original names, retain a copy of the manifest file
(captured output) so that it can be used to convert the file names again.
Commands: mcopy(1), mtools(1)
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