is a rather simpleminded shar program that knows how to pack files
into multiple kits of approximately 50000 bytes each.
The shar scripts produced assume very little about the target machine;
there is correspondingly little error checking done compared to other
shar programs. Alternatively, with the -c option, you can
create a directory containing the whole source tree, and then pack it
up using your own shell archiver.
If you are using the copyright expansion feature (as determined by
packinit), then you have to pack your distribution using this
program to ensure the copyright is correctly set.
In order to run makedist you have to do two things:
Create a .package file in the package's top-level directory by running
This program will ask you about your package and remember what you tell
it so that all the dist programs can be smart.
Create a MANIFEST.new file in your top-level directory that lists all the
files in your package.
The filename should be the first field on each line.
After some whitespace you can add a comment describing your file (briefly).
After running makedist,
you will have a set of kits in your top-level directory.
If your package name is "foo", they will be named foo.kit1, foo.kit2, etc.
The file created PACKLIST file is automatically added to the distribution and
tells which files come with which kits.
If you used the -c option, you will end-up with a single directory
instead, containing the whole distribution, ready to be sent to the end-user.
If a file is too large to be packed as-is in one archive, it will be
automatically split in smaller parts. Only the first 11 characters of the file
will be kept though, and makedist will abort if two distinct files are
to be split and have the same 11 first characters in their names. The split
files will automatically be reconstructed at the end of the archive extraction
by runnning a script generated in PACKNOTES.
You may then mail your kits via kitsend or post them with kitpost.
The following options are handled by makedist:
Tell makedist that the distribution should be copied (mirrored) in
the specified directory, instead of producing shell archives. Compatible with
the -q option.
Turn on debug mode. Probably not useful.
Use file as manifest. By default, MANIFEST.new is used.
Print help message and exit.
Quick production of the kits: the checked-out version of the files is used,
instead of using the RCS file to actually get the latest checked-in version.
This will save some considerable time, but you have to be sure the checked-out
version is up-to-date or you might end up with an inconsistent package.
Set maximum kit size to size bytes.
Verbose mode: trace kit building process or tree mirroring.