pbput(1) compress and encode arbitrary files to pastebin.com


pbput [FILENAME]

cat foo | pbput


cat foo | pbputs [GPG_USER]



pbput is a program that can upload text files, binary files or entire directory structures to a pastebin, such as pastebin.com.

pbget is a program that be used to retrieve content uploaded to a pastebin by pbput.

pbputs operates exactly like pbput, except it encrypts the data. An optional GPG_USER argument is allowed, which will sign and encrypt the data to the target user in one's keyring (which could be oneself!). Otherwise, the user is prompted for a symmetric passphrase for encrypting the content with gpg(1) before uploading. pbget will automatically prompt the receiving user for the pre-shared passphrase.

pbput and pbputs can take its input either on STDIN, or as a FILENAME argument.
  - If STDIN is used, then the receiving user's pbget will simply paste the input on STDOUT.
  - If a FILENAME or DIRECTORY is passed as an argument, then it is first archived using tar(1) to preserve the file and directory attributes

pbget takes a URL as its first, mandatory argument. Optionally, it takes a DIRECTORY as a second parameter. If the incoming data is in fact a file or file structure in a tar(1) archive, then that data will be extracted in the specified DIRECTORY. If no DIRECTORY is specified, then a temporary directory is created using mktemp(1).

In any case the uploaded/downloaded data is optionally tar(1) archived, always lzma(1) compressed, optionally gpg(1) encrypted, and always base64(1) encoded. http://pastebin.com is used by default.


  $ pbput /sbin/init
  $ pbget http://pastebin.com/BstNzasK
  INFO: Output is in [/tmp/pbget.bG67DwY6Zl]

  $ cat /etc/lsb-release | pbput
  $ pbget http://pastebin.com/p43gJv6Z

  $ pbputs /etc/shadow
  Enter passphrase:
  $ pbget http://pastebin.com/t2ZaCYr3
  Enter passphrase:


This manpage and the utility was written by Dustin Kirkland <[email protected]> for Ubuntu systems (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 or later published by the Free Software Foundation.

On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL, or on the web at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.txt.