Uuencoding is a way to encode binary data as plain text, suitable for inclusion in an e-mail message or Usenet message.
The header line usually starts with "
begin", followed by a Unix file permission code and a filename. The last line is "
Each line of data begins with a character indicating the line length. Since lines have a standard length, all lines except the last one begin with "
Some uuencode utilities support a variant format that uses standard Base64 encoding, with a "
begin-base64" header line, and a "
====" footer line.
- GNU sharutils: