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Updated: tar-1.19-1

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A new release of tar, 1.19-1, is available, replacing 1.18-2 as current.
Version 1.16.1-1 remains the previous version.

This is a new upstream release.  NEWS from upstream is attached.  This
release requires cygwin-1.5.24 or later.  See also the upstream
documentation in /usr/share/doc/tar-1.19/.

GNU Tar is an archiver program. It is used to create and manipulate files
that are actually collections of many other files; the program provides
users with an organized and systematic method of controlling a large
amount of data.  Despite its name, that is an acronym of "tape archiver",
GNU Tar is able to direct its output to any available devices, files or
other programs, it may as well access remote devices or files.  The main
areas of usage for GNU Tar are: storage, backup and transportation.

To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on the web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your system.
Save it and run setup, answer the questions and pick up 'tar' from the
'Base' category (it should already be selected).

Note that downloads from (aka aren't
allowed due to bandwidth limitations.  This means that you will need to
find a mirror which has this update, please choose the one nearest to you:

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version 1.19 - Sergey Poznyakoff, 2007-10-10

* New option --exclude-vcs

Excludes directories and files, created by several widely used version
control systems, e.g. "CVS/", ".svn/", etc.

* --exclude-tag and --exclude-cache options

The following options now work with incremental archives as well:


* Fix handling of renamed files in listed incremental archives.

Previous versions always stored absolute file names in rename
records, even if -P was not used. This is fixed: rename records
contain file names processed in accordance with the command line
* Fix --version output.

* Recognition of broken archives.

When supplied an archive smaller than 512 bytes in reading mode (-x,
-t), the previous version of tar silently ignored it, exiting with
code 0. It is fixed. Tar now issues the following diagnostic message:
'This does not look like a tar archive', and exits with code 2.

* Fix double-dot recognition in archive member names in case of duplicate '/.'.

* Fix file padding in case of truncation of the input file to zero size.

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