Updated [experimental]: coreutils-5.93-2

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Thu Dec 15 14:26:00 GMT 2005


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A new release of coreutils, 5.93-2, is available for experimental use.

NEWS:
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I've uploaded a test version of coreutils, 5.93-2.  This is a new, stable
upstream release, with a number of changes from 5.3.0.  However, this
build depends on features that have been added to cygwin since
cygwin-1.5.18-1 (such as getline, futimes, and O_DIRECT), so I am leaving
5.3.0-9 as current until cygwin-1.5.19 is released.  To use this release,
you MUST install a recent snapshot of cygwin (20051214 or later).  If you
don't know what this means, then stick with 5.3.0-9.  A list of changes
from the NEWS file appears below; see also /usr/share/doc/coreutils-5.93/.

This version also has a new cygwin-specific --append-exe option to ls(1)
(and dir, vdir) and stat(1); if a command-line argument does not have
.exe, but the file on the system does, then using this option will make
the listing show the .exe.  I found this addition to my ~/.bashrc useful
to use the new options (the spacing is chosen so that bash doesn't treat
the next word on the command line as an alias):

ls --append-exe -d . >/dev/null 2>&1 && append_exe=' --append-exe'
alias ls="ls {your favorite options here}$append_exe"
alias stat="stat$append_exe"
unset append_exe

Previous experimental versions have been available, unannounced; if you
were using 5.93-1, the only change is that dd(1) now uses the cygwin
snapshot's capability to open files with O_DIRECT for unbuffered access.

Note that su(1) is UNSUPPORTED; for more details, see
http://cygwin.com/faq/faq_3.html#SEC42.

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:
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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 (it should already be selected).
Since this is an experimental release, you must first install a recent
cygwin snapshot, and you will have to use the "Exp" radio button in setup.exe.

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.

- --
Eric Blake
volunteer cygwin coreutils maintainer

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