gather - gather up the files in a directory for transmission
gather [-s] source_dir [-d] dest_dir [-b] bytes [-f] file
-b Desired number of bytes per output file
-d Destination directory
-f Base name of output files
-s Source directory
gather # Collect files in current dir into 60K archives
gather -d dir # Put the archives in dir
gather -b 90000 # Try to produce 90K archives
gather -s .. -d targ -b 5000
# Try to produce 5K archives
It is often useful to collect all the files in a directory into one or
more archives for transmission by mail. This program collects all the
files in the source directory (default: current directory) and puts them
into a shar archive. The shar archive is then compressed and uuencoded.
An attempt is made to have the final .uue file be about the given size
(default: 60K), but since gather cannot really predict how much shar will
add to the file, how much compress will reduce the file, and how much uue
will add again, the sizes can fluctuate. If the -f file flag is given,
the archives will be given the names file_00.uue, file_01.uue etc. If -f
is not given, the name of the source directory is used as the base name.
Since 7 characters of suffix are appended, the base name should not
exceed 7 characters.