uuencode [-m] [-o
Encodes a binary file. The encoding uses only printable ASCII characters and includes the permissions and
name of the file. When
file is reconverted via uudecode, the output is saved as
name. If the
file argument is omitted, uuencode can take standard input, so a single argument is taken as the name to be given to the file when it is decoded.
uuencode doesn't preserve resource forks or metadata when copying files that contain them.
Use Base64 encoding instead of uuencoding.
Send output to
filename instead of standard output.
It's common to encode a file and save it with an identifying extension, such as .uue. This example encodes the binary file flower12.jpg, names it rose.jpg, and saves it to a .uue file:
uuencode flower12.jpg rose.jpg > rose.uue
Encode flower12.jpg and mail it:
uuencode flower12.jpg flower12.jpg | mail email@example.com