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The utility sfxcompress is a bash script used to pack and encrypt the current directory on a self-extracting file. It also includes the calculation of the MD5 function to check if the compressed file is correct.

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  • It packs and encrypts (if the user wants) the current directory on a self-extracting archive.
  • The file generated can be deflated on any UNIX/Linux standard platform.
  • It stores the creation timestamp as metadata, and shows it when deflated.
  • It stores the MD5 cheksum, and shows it when deflated.
  • The user can choose the type of compression: bzip2, gzip or 7zip.
  • If the file .exclude exists in the currente directory, the script will exclude the files given (wildcards allowed).
  • It uses the GNU PG encryption algorithm.


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