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This mode is designed for testing the behavior of
commands when some of the files change during archiving. It is an
The `Exec Mode' is toggled by `--run' command line
option (or its alias `-r'). The non-optional arguments to
getopt give the command line to be executed. Normally,
it should contain at least the `--checkpoint' option.
A set of options is provided for defining checkpoint values and actions to be executed upon reaching them. Checkpoint values are introduced with the `--checkpoint' command line option. Argument to this option is the number of checkpoint in decimal.
Any number of actions may be specified after a checkpoint. Available actions are
Truncate file to the size specified by previous `--length' option (or 0, if it is not given).
Append data to file. The size of data and its pattern are given by previous `--length' and `pattern' options.
Update the access and modification times of file. These timestamps are changed to the current time, unless `--date' option was given, in which case they are changed to the specified time. Argument to `--date' option is a date specification in an almost arbitrary format (see section Date input formats).
Execute given shell command.
Unlink the file.
Option `--verbose' instructs
genfile to print on
standard output notifications about checkpoints being executed and to
verbosely describe exit status of the command.
While the command is being executed its standard output remains connected to descriptor 1. All messages it prints to file descriptor 2, except checkpoint notifications, are forwarded to standard error.
Genfile exits with the exit status of the executed command.
For compatibility with previous
genfile versions, the
`--run' option takes an optional argument. If used this way,
its argument supplies the command line to be executed. There should
be no non-optional arguments in the
genfile command line.
The actual command line is constructed by inserting
the `--checkpoint' option between the command name and its
first argument (if any). Due to this, the argument to `--run'
may not use traditional
tar option syntax, i.e., the
following is wrong:
# Wrong! genfile --run='tar cf foo bar'
Use the following syntax instead:
genfile --run='tar -cf foo bar' actions...
The above command line is equivalent to
genfile actions... -- tar -cf foo bar
Notice, that the use of compatibility mode is deprecated.
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