GNU shtool

GNU shtool - The GNU Portable Shell Tool
Copyright © 1994-2008 Ralf S. Engelschall <>

Release Version:    GNU shtool 2.0.8    (18-Jul-2008)    ChangeLog


GNU shtool is a compilation of small but very stable and portable shell scripts into a single shell tool. All ingredients were in successful use over many years in various free software projects. The compiled shtool program is intended to be used inside the source tree of other free software packages. There it can overtake various (usually non-portable) tasks related to the building and installation of such a package. It especially can replace the old, and related scripts.

Distribution and Bug Reporting

The latest GNU shtool distribution can be found on If you think you have found a bug in GNU shtool, then you should send a report as complete as possible to <>. And if you can, please try to fix the problem and include a patch made with "diff -u" in your report.

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Copyright © 1999-2008 Ralf S. Engelschall <>