Sat Jul 16 01:31:00 GMT 2005
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A new release of bash, 3.0-8, is available, replacing 3.0-7.
This is a minor bug-fix update, and includes all official upstream
patches. It also contains various cygwin-specific patches to work around
known bugs in the 2.05b release that were not fixed upstream by the 3.0
release. It requires cygwin 1.5.18 or later. As of the bash 3.0 series,
cygwin /bin/sh defaults to bash, not ash, similar to Linux distributions.
This release fixes tilde expansion when you change the HOME environment
variable; unfortunately, to do this, the bash executable grew 20% in size
because it no longer dynamically links with libreadline. It includes the
info documentation that was inadvertantly omitted from the last release,
and adds man pages for all builtins and reserved words that are not also
external files. It attempts to resolve the extra-character printing bug
if your prompt occupies a single line and includes invisible characters;
however I am still waiting for an official upstream patch on this matter,
so there may still be problems.
Bash is an sh-compatible shell that incorporates useful features from the
Korn shell (ksh) and C shell (csh). It is intended to conform to the IEEE
POSIX P1003.2/ISO 9945.2 Shell and Tools standard. It offers functional
improvements over sh for both programming and interactive use. In
addition, most sh scripts can be run by Bash without modification.
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
'bash' in the 'Base' category (it should already be selected).
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.
volunteer cygwin bash maintainer
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