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2.4 Invoking uudecode

If no file(s) are provided, then standard input is decoded. Uudecode transforms uuencoded files into their original form.

The encoded file(s) may be specified on the command line, or one may be read from standard input. The output file name is specified in the encoded file, but may be overridden with the -o option. It will have the mode of the original file, except that setuid and execute bits are not retained. If the output file is specified to be /dev/stdout or -, the result will be written to standard output. If there are multiple input files and the second or subsquent file specifies standard output, the decoded data will be written to the same file as the previous output. Don't do that.

uudecode ignores any leading and trailing lines. It looks for a line that starts with "‘begin’" and proceeds until the end-of-encoding marker is found. The program determines from the header line of the encoded file which of the two supported encoding schemes was used.

This section was generated by AutoGen, using the agtexi-cmd template and the option descriptions for the uudecode program. This software is released under the GNU General Public License, version 3 or later.