|UUENCODE(5)||File Formats Manual||UUENCODE(5)|
The header line is distinguished by having the first 5 characters be begin followed by a space, or else a hyphen and either base64 or encoded or both (also separated with a hyphen). The base64 option says the file has been encoded using base64. The encoded option says the output file name has been base64 encoded. It is never encoded with traditional uuencoding. This is a GNU extension. These are followed by a mode (in octal), and a string which names the remote file. The mode is separated from the begin clause and the file name by a single space character.
Groups of 3 bytes are stored in 4 characters, 6 bits per character. All are offset by a space to make the characters printing. The last line may be shorter than the normal 45 bytes. If the size is not a multiple of 3, this fact can be determined by the value of the count on the last line. Extra garbage will be included to make the character count a multiple of 4. The body is terminated by a line with a count of zero. This line consists of one ASCII space.
The trailer line consists of end on a line by itself.
This introduces a base64 encoded file named, TODO with that name encoded using base64 encoding.
begin-base64-encoded 644 VE9ETw==
This introduces an encoded file named, TODO with that name encoded using uuencoding. The encoding is a lot less friendly. Please prefer base64 encoding.
begin-encoded 644 5$]$3P``
The -encoded suffix to the begin header line is a GNU extension. Recipients must have the GNU uudecode program to decode them.