Updated [experimental]: coreutils-5.94-5

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Fri Apr 14 13:24:00 GMT 2006

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A new release of coreutils, 5.94-5, is available for experimental use.

This is a test release designed to exercise the latest cygwin snapshots,
as well as to field test a change in how file names printed to the
terminal are handled.  I have previously released, unannounced, 5.94-[2-4]
with the same intentions of testing cygwin snapshots.  This release relies
on features added since cygwin-1.5.19, such as the behavior of
freopen(NULL), so you MUST have snapshot 20060329 or later installed to
use it (or wait for cygwin 1.5.20 to come out).  If you are not sure what
this means, then stick with the stable 5.94-1.

Cygwin-specific changes in this release, as compared to the stable 5.94-1,
include the following:
+ Cripple pwd to always use readdir instead of getcwd, in order to stress
test d_ino in the snapshots.  This crippling will be reverted when cygwin
1.5.20 is final.
+ Optimize ls -i to use d_ino and avoid stat when possible.
+ Fix dd regression on text mounts - when iflag=O_TEXT is not specified,
default to binary mode.
+ Stress test new freopen(NULL) semantics in many apps.
+ Backport CVS patch that makes df display sane values instead of huge
negative disk sizes when quotas make statfs return weird values.
+ Treat 8-bit characters as printable when quoting a filename in an
interactive or error message, such as for rm -i or cp -v.

Also, there are reports of cp reporting error messages such as "replaced
while being copied", caused by older versions of Samba.  This is not a
coreutils bug, but a side-effect of how cygwin handles Samba drives.  If
you are affected by this error message, please read the various threads on
the main cygwin list and help us figure out how we can make cygwin
distinguish older buggy Samba versions from current ones that have correct

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 su 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 (it should already be selected).  Because this is an
experimental version, you will have to first install a snapshot and use
the 'Exp' radio button.

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 coreutils maintainer

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