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mimencode [options] [filename] [-o output_file]

Translate to and from MIME multimedia mail-encoding formats. By default, mimencode reads standard input and sends a base64-encoded version of the input to standard output.



Use the (default) base64 encoding.

-o output_file

Send output to the named file rather than to standard output.


Translate decoded CRLF sequences into the local newline convention during decoding, and do the reverse during encoding. Meaningful only for base64 encoding.


Use the quoted-printable encoding instead of base64.


Decode the standard input rather than encode it.

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