gspl-spuconv(8) dump out GNUspool user permissions to file


gspl-spuconv [ -D dir ] [ -v n ] [ -e n ] [ -s ] [ -f ] user file outfile


gspl-spuconv considers a GNUspool spool directory, by default the current directory, takes the user file, which is usually spufile or spufile0.0, and generates a shell script file outfile, which if executed, would recreate the GNUspool users with the same options.


-D directory
specifies the source directory for the users and user file. It can be specified as $SPOOLDIR or "${SPOOLDIR-/var/spool/gnuspool}" etc and the environment and/or gnuspool.conf will be interrogated to interpolate the value of the environment variable given.

If you use this, don't forget to put single quotes around it thus:

 gspl-spuconv -D '${SPOOLDIR-/var/spool/gnuspool}' ...

otherwise the shell will try to interpret the $ construct and not gspl-spuconv.

-e n
Tolerate n errors of the kinds denoted by the other options before giving up trying to convert the file.
Ignore file size errors in the saved user file (up to the number of total errors given by the -e option.
Ignore format errors (invalid form types etc) in the saved user file.


Copyright (c) 2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


John M Collins, Xi Software Ltd.