Updated: coreutils-5.3.0-5

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Fri Apr 15 13:43:00 GMT 2005


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A new release of coreutils, 5.3.0-5, is available.

NEWS
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This is a minor patch release.  The overall 5.3.0 series was designated
unstable by the upstream author (compared to the stable 5.2.1), because it
introduces some POSIX-compliance fixes for the first time; but there have
been few complaints so the 5.2.1 series is no longer available via
setup.exe.  See /usr/share/doc/coreutils-5.3.0/NEWS for the changes since
5.2.1-5.

This release reverts the implicit .exe magic in rm(1) introduced in
5.3.0-4.  It turns out that it broke libtool, and didn't always behave
properly on symlinks.  I hope to add a command-line option to all the
tools that experience .exe magic, to make it user-selectable whether .exe
can be added as needed, but that will take more time to implement.  Note
that su(1) is UNSUPPORTED; for more details, see
http://cygwin.com/faq/faq_3.html#SEC42.

This package REQUIRES cygwin 1.5.13 or newer snapshots, and has been
tested with cygwin 1.5.14.  If you are running on a Windows 95, 98, or ME
system, cygwin 1.5.14 still has some known bugs that may affect several
coreutils, such as touch(1).  To avoid those bugs, you can use a snapshot
or wait for cygwin 1.5.15.  When building from source, you will need your
own version of automake 1.9.5 or later (until the cygwin automake version
is updated) if you want `make -k check' to get past the spurious failures
caused by bugs in the testsuite.

DESCRIPTION
===========
GNU coreutils provides a collection of commonly used utilities essential
to a standard POSIX environment.  It comprises the former textutils,
sh-utils, and fileutils packages.  The following executables are included:

[ basename cat chgrp chmod chown chroot cksum comm cp csplit cut date dd
df dir dircolors dirname du echo env expand expr factor false fmt fold
gkill groups head hostid hostname id install join link ln logname ls
md5sum mkdir mkfifo mknod mv nice nl nohup od paste pathchk pinky pr
printenv printf ptx pwd readlink rm rmdir seq sha1sum shred sleep sort
split stat stty sum sync tac tail tee test touch tr true tsort tty uname
unexpand uniq unlink users vdir wc who whoami yes

UPDATE
======
To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on
the http://cygwin.com/ web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your
system.  Save it and run setup, answer the questions, then look for
'coreutils' in the 'Base' category.

Because of packaging conflicts between coreutils-5.2.1-5,
cygutils-1.2.5-1, gettext-0.14.1-1, libiconv-1.9.2-1, and procps-010801-2,
upgrading any of these packages may delete a file provided by another.
Running `cygcheck -c' will show you if upgrading left a package
incomplete, in which case you should reinstall that package.

DOWNLOAD:
=========
Note that downloads from sources.redhat.com (aka cygwin.com) 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: http://cygwin.com/mirrors.html

QUESTIONS:
==========
If you want to make a point or ask a question the Cygwin mailing
list is the appropriate place.

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Eric Blake
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