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In the below shell, I wanted to know what is this uuencode doing..please help !

uuencode  $tradehome/$log/offset_trade.csv  $tradehome/$log/offset_trade.csv | /usr/ucb/mail -s "OFFSET TRADE EXCEPTION" ODSOffsetTradeExceptions@caxton.com



#!/bin/ksh -xve
# 01/26/01 SV  removed the Count(1) from the table
date
#rm   $tradehome/$log/offset_trade.csv
#touch  $tradehome/$log/offset_trade.csv
#chmod 777 $tradehome/$log/offset_trade.csv
echo "Started loading offset_trade_exception \n"
sqlplus -s $odsuser/$odspass <<!
whenever oserror  exit failure
whenever sqlerror exit failure
--
exec offset_trade_excep
--
!
echo "Finished Loading offset_trade_exception\n"
uuencode  $tradehome/$log/offset_trade.csv  $tradehome/$log/offset_trade.csv | /usr/ucb/mail -s "OFFSET TRADE EXCEPTION" ODSOffsetTradeExceptions@caxton.com
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tsnironeCommented:
Seems the file:

$tradehome/$log/offset_trade.csv

gets encoded to itself (overwrite)

before it gets sent to that email adress with a subject of "OFFSET TRADE EXCEPTION"

In short: Its a formatting thing done to ensure that the receiver of the email can actually read the file sent.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uuencoding

Hope this helps :)
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d27m11yAuthor Commented:
Is it used to convert Binary to ASCII.. is that what it is doing here ?
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tsnironeCommented:
Yes.

"Uuencoding is a form of binary-to-text encoding that originated in the Unix program uuencode, for encoding binary data for transmission over the uucp mail system." (from wiki)

:)
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d27m11yAuthor Commented:
understood..
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ozoCommented:
man uuencode
NAME
     uudecode, uuencode -- encode/decode a binary file

SYNOPSIS
     uuencode [-m] [-o output_file] [file] name
     uudecode [-cips] [file ...]
     uudecode [-i] -o output_file [file]

DESCRIPTION
     The uuencode and uudecode utilities are used to transmit binary files over transmission mediums that do not support other than
     simple ASCII data.

     The uuencode utility reads file (or by default the standard input) and writes an encoded version to the standard output, or
     output_file if one has been specified.  The encoding uses only printing ASCII characters and includes the mode of the file and
     the operand name for use by uudecode.
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