Updated: coreutils-5.3.0-9

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Wed Jul 13 15:20:00 GMT 2005

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A new release of coreutils, 5.3.0-9, is available.

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 it replaces the stable 5.2.1 series available via
setup.exe.  See /usr/share/doc/coreutils-5.3.0/NEWS for the changes since

This release changes mv(1), cp(1), and install(1) to better handle .exe
handling in virtual directories (such as /cygdrive or /dev/null).  It
improves ln(1) to recognize creating relative symlinks outside of the
current directory, and adds a new cygwin-specific option,
- --disable-exe-magic, that bypasses .exe handling.  This option is intended
to be used when creating a symlink to a network share, when the remote
machine might not be up; and if you use it, you should be aware that you
become responsible for typing the .exe extension if it is needed.  This
release also fixes basename(1) and dirname(1) to understand that // is a
distinct file from /.  Note that su(1) is UNSUPPORTED; for more details,
see http://cygwin.com/faq/faq_3.html#SEC42.

This package REQUIRES cygwin 1.5.18 or newer snapshots.  Also,
there are known bugs that have been reported (and some of them fixed) in
upstream CVS, such as du improperly double-counting files that are
accessible via multiple names due to mount points.  But these known issues
tend to be in corner cases, and not affect daily use.

My apologies to anyone whose installation experience was painful yesterday
during the window when the (unannounced) -8 version was on the mirrors.  A
glitch in the upload process corrupted that version, crippling anyone's
cygwin installation if they had the misfortune of downloading it.

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

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.

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

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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