Updated [experimental]: tar-1.15.90-1

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Wed Apr 12 13:44:00 GMT 2006

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A new release of tar, 1.15.90-1, is available for experimental use.

This is a new alpha-quality upstream release.  It also relies on features
that have been added to cygwin since cygwin-1.5.19 was released (such as
freopen(NULL) and d_ino).  In other words, to use this, you MUST install a
recent cygwin snapshot (20060329 or later), or wait for cygwin-1.5.20 to
be released.  If you are not sure what that means, then stick with the
stable tar-1.15.1-4.  A list of changes from the NEWS file is attached;
see also /usr/share/doc/tar-1.15.90/.

GNU Tar is an archiver program. It is used to create and manipulate files
that are actually collections of many other files; the program provides
users with an organized and systematic method of controlling a large
amount of data.  Despite its name, that is an acronym of "tape archiver",
GNU Tar is able to direct its output to any available devices, files or
other programs, it may as well access remote devices or files.  The main
areas of usage for GNU Tar are: storage, backup and transportation.

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 and pick up 'tar' from 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.

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:

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

- --
Eric Blake
volunteer cygwin tar maintainer

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