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       icat - copy files by inode number


       icat [-hHvV] [-f fstype] device inode ...


       icat  opens  the  named  device and copies the files with the specified
       inode numbers to standard output.


       -f fstype
              Specifies the file system type. The default file system type  is
              system dependent. With most UNIX systems the default type is ufs
              (Berkeley fast file system). With  Linux  the  default  type  is
              ext2fs (second extended file system).

       -h     Skip  over  holes in files, so that absolute address information
              is lost. This option saves space when copying sparse files.

       -H (default)
              Copy holes in files as null blocks,  so  that  absolute  address
              information  is preserved. This option wastes space when copying
              sparse files.

       -v     Enable verbose mode, output to stderr.

       -V     Enable verbose mode, output to stdout.

       device Disk special file, or regular file containing a disk image.   On
              UNIX  systems,  raw mode disk access may give better performance
              than block mode disk access.  LINUX disk device drivers  support
              only block mode disk access.

       inode  Inode  number.  icat  concatenates the contents of all specified


       icat should support more file  system  types.  Right  now,  support  is
       limited  to  ext2fs  when built on Linux, and ufs when built on Solaris
       and BSD systems.


       This software is distributed under the IBM Public License.


       Wietse Venema
       IBM T.J. Watson Research
       P.O. Box 704
       Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, USA