Redistribution utility


This utility allows a user to create a new MAT distribution with a new or updated task in it, based on an existing MAT distribution.


This utility can only be run on Unix, due to its internal use of Unix command-line operations. It will not work in Cygwin, since MAT is no longer supported on Cygwin.

% python $MAT_PKG_HOME/build/
Usage: [ --populate_dependencies_from <zipfile> ] [ --remove_task <task_dir> ]+ [ --task_dir <dir>[:<cvs_version>[:<dist_settings>]] ]+ orig_dist_zip outdir bundle_name


--populate_dependencies_from <zipfile>
A MAT distribution zip file which contains third-party dependencies which you want to import into the new distribution. This might be useful if you generated the original zip file with only MITRE code, for instance. Any known third-party dependencies in this zip file which aren't present in the orig_dist_zip will be added to the new distribution.
--task_dir <dir>[:<cvs_version>[:<dist_settings>]]
The directory containing a well-structured MAT task, plus other possible control options (see below). May be repeated. If there is already a task directory in the existing distribution named <dir>, it will be removed and replaced with this one.
--remove_task <task_dir>
The <task_dir> is a directory within src/tasks in the zip file. May be repeated. If you provide this argument, this directory, and the task it corresponds to, will be removed from the output distribution.
A path to the original MAT zip file which you received
The directory in which to deposit the new distribution
The name of the new distribution (the actual zip file will be <bundle_name>.zip, and the name of the toplevel directory in the zip file will be bundle_name.

The additional decorations to the --task_dir option are as follows:

If you maintain the task you want to add or update under CVS version control, this is the CVS tag you want. This facility is not available for any other version control system. If you provide this option, the tool will check out this version from the CVS repository using the CVS information in the task directory, rather than using the code in the directory.
A comma-separated sequence of <key>=<val> settings, which are passed to the distribute function in the file in your task, if such a file and function exist. We provide this information for completeness; we do not provide any further details as of right now about how to customize your distribution using this facility. See the source code for

Example 1

Let's say you received the distribution /my/downloads/, and you want to add the /path/to/myTask directory, creating the distribution /my/dist/

% python $MAT_PKG_HOME/build/ --task_dir /path/to/myTask \
/my/downloads/ /my/dist MAT_2_0_plus_myTask

Example 2

Let's say you received /my/downloads/, and you want to remove myTask from the package you create:

% python $MAT_PKG_HOME/build/ --remove_task myTask \
/my/downloads/ /my/dist MAT_2_0_without_myTask