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NEW major release: cygwin-1.7.1-1

Hi Cygwin friends and users,

after an exceptionally long time of development and testing we're proud
to release Cygwin's next major version 1.7.1.

This release is a big leap from the former Cygwin releases in a couple
of ways.  For the full list we urge you to read the new User's Guide,
which you can now find in the usual place:

There's a "What's new" section at

The most important changes are:

- The mount table is no longer stored in the registry.  Rather, it's
  stored in /etc/fstab and /etc/fstab/$USER.  See

- Support for pathnames beyond the former 260 chars border.  PATH_MAX
  is now set to 4096, but Cygwin will try to support even longer paths
  up to the Windows maxium of 32767 Unicode chars,

- Multiple Cygwin installations can co-exist on a machine, as long
  as you keep them separate.

- Support for IPv6.

- Default character set is now UTF-8, but other character sets are
  supported via an improved internationalization support.  See

- Support for new authentication methods which are supposed to improve
  changing the user context without password.

- No more support for Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows Me.

IMPORTANT NOTES for those who upgrade from an existing Cygwin 1.5.25

You *must* upgrade to the latest setup.exe from our main web page at

Moving the mount table from the registry to /etc/fstab works only
automatically for system mount points.  User mount points have to be
taken care of manually, using the /usr/bin/copy-user-registry-fstab
script.  See

Have fun,


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Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Developer                      
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