Updated: coreutils-5.94-1

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Tue Feb 14 15:00:00 GMT 2006

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A new release of coreutils, 5.94-1, is available for use, replacing 5.93-3
as the current version.

A new stable upstream version of coreutils, 5.94-1, has been released,
providing minor upstream bug fixes since 5.93-3.  A detailed NEWS excerpt
is below.  All cygwin patches from 5.93 have been ported, with no
additional cygwin-specific functionality in this release.

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

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Save it and run setup, answer the questions, then look for 'coreutils' in
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volunteer cygwin coreutils maintainer

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* Major changes in release 5.94 (2006-02-13) [stable]

** Feature changes

  df now considers "none" and "proc" file systems to be dummies and
  therefore does not normally display them.  Also, inaccessible file
  systems (which can be caused by shadowed mount points or by chrooted
  bind mounts) are now dummies, too.

  stat's --format=FMT option now works the way it did before 5.3.0:
  FMT is automatically newline terminated.  The first stable release
  containing this change was 5.92.

  stat accepts the new option --printf=PFMT, where PFMT is *not* automatically
  newline terminated.  Backslash escapes in PFMT *are* interpreted.

  stat: backslash escapes are interpreted in a format string specified
  via --printf=FMT, but not one specified via --format=FMT.  That includes
  octal (\ooo, at most three octal digits), hexadecimal (\xhh, one or
  two hex digits), and the standard sequences (\a, \b, \f, \n, \r, \t,
  \v, \", \\).

** Bug fixes

  When `cp -RL' encounters the same directory more than once in the
  hierarchy beneath a single command-line argument, it no longer confuses
  them with hard-linked directories.

  fts-using tools (chmod, chown, chgrp, du) no longer fail due to
  a double-free bug -- it could be triggered by making a directory
  inaccessible while e.g., du is traversing the hierarchy under it.

  fts-using tools (chmod, chown, chgrp, du) no longer misinterpret
  a very long symlink chain as a dangling symlink.  Before, such a
  misinterpretation would cause these tools not to diagnose an ELOOP error.

  sort would fail for large inputs (~50MB) on systems with a buggy
  mkstemp function.  sort and tac now use the replacement mkstemp
  function, and hence are no longer subject to limitations (of 26 or 32,
  on the maximum number of files from a given template) on HP-UX 10.20,
  SunOS 4.1.4, Solaris 2.5.1 and OSF1/Tru64 V4.0F&V5.1.

  tail -f once again works on a file with the append-only
  attribute (affects at least Linux ext2, ext3, xfs file systems)

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