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# SLICER
### File Slicer *for [FreeDOS](http://www.freedos.org)*

A simple file archiving and slicing/spanning program for DOS. Slicer is very
similar to tar. However, it has different primary focus and objectives.

**Copyright (c) 2019-2020, Jerome Shidel. All rights reserved.**

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### How is *File Slicer* different?

Unlike other archiving utilities, *File Slicer* is more of a multi-language group
based file resource splitter, archiver and installer hybrid utility.

*Hunh?*

When files are added to an archive, they may be given group tags. These tags
can be used to pull only specific classes of files from the archive. For
example, if storing a program, you could tag source files as ***src*** and store
binaries ungrouped. Then on extraction, the binaries would always get extracted.
But, the sources files would only get extracted if the ***src*** group is is
requested.

Then the multi-language thing... Language specific text can be embedded into an
archive. This text may be displayed automatically during the extraction of an
archive and also supports group tags. So, you could embed English and Spanish
text at the start of a ***src*** group that gets displayed when the ***src***
group begins extraction.

Installer kinda stuff. Well, only to the extent that multi-language text can
be flagged whith the **/M** switch to require user acceptance. This would allow
a license to be displayed and accepted before a group is extracted.

A file splitter thingy. It always works in splitting mode. The size for each
file is defined when an archive is created and cannot be changed unless it
is re-sliced. The primary archive file always ends in **SAF** and additional files
are numbered **001** and up. The first portion of primary archive file's header is
in pure text and can be viewed by simply using the type command. If any
additional non-language specific text was appended to the header using the **/m**
switch, it will be shown as well.