Excellent work!  I definitely can make use of this.

Erik Veenstra wrote:

>I'm pleased to announce the birth of Tar2RubyScript.
>
>Tar2RubyScript generates a base64 encoded string from an
>existing tar archive and concatenates that string as comments
>with another Ruby script. The result is <b>just one file, a
>pure Ruby script, containing multiple files, stored as
>comments</b>.
>
>When the generated script (call it 'The Application') is
>executed, it splits up into two parts (the script and the
>encoded archive), decodes the base64 encoded string to a
>temporary tar archive, unpacks the archive to a temporary
>directory, jumps to that directory, eventually jumps to an
>existing subdirectory, and finally executes init.rb . Et voila,
>your application is up and running.
>
>Because The Application is pure Ruby and no other programs or
>libraries are needed (not even tar!), it's easy to distribute
>The Application to friends. They don't have to install or
>unpack anything but Ruby.
>
>Tar2RubyScript is meant for distributing applications written
>in Ruby, although it can be used for distributing applications
>written in other languages, after small modifications to
>Tar2RubyScript.
>
>More information and download on
>http://www.erikveen.dds.nl/tar2rubyscript/ .
>
>gegroet,
>Erik V.
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