uudecode decodes data that was encoded by uuencode. (uuencode converts binary files into character files, and is often used for file transmission.) If a file is specified on the command line, uudecode decodes that file; if no file is specified, input is read from the standard input. Output is written to the file name that was specified when the file was encoded; see uuencode for more details. The permissions and name of the decoded file are recorded in the begin line of the encoded file.
uudecode automatically strips off any leading and trailing lines added by mailers.
pads the short lines with trailing spaces. (Some mail systems strip off trailing spaces at the end of lines. uudecode reports these lines with a "line too short" error.)
Possible exit status values are:
Failure due to any of the following:
Failure because of an invalid command line option.
POSIX.2. x/OPEN Portability Guide 4.0. Windows XP. Windows Server 2003. Windows Vista. Windows 7. Windows Server 2008. Windows 8. Windows Server 2012. Generally found on most UNIX systems.
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