Updated: findutils-4.3.0-2

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Thu Jul 20 13:17:00 GMT 2006

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A new release of findutils, 4.3.0-2, is available, replacing 4.2.27-1 as

This is a new development upstream release.  It uses a new algorithm for
file traversal, and adds new features that might be withdrawn depending on
feedback received.  However, as no upstream findutils releases have been
made in over 6 months, and as various people have reported that the 4.3
series works better on cygwin than the 4.2 series, I am promoting it to
stable.  It adds the executable oldfind if you want to stick with the old
algorithm for file traveral.  Upstream news since 4.2.27 is attached.

Additionally, this version patches updatedb to avoid the /proc virtual
subtree by default, like it is ignored on Linux.  This patch was needed
since cygwin 1.5.20 now lists /proc as a member of / by default, but does
not (yet) report mounted filesystem types the way Linux does, so the
unpatched updatedb was taking forever scanning /proc/registry unnecessarily.

The findutils package contains programs which will help you locate files
on your system.  The find utility searches through a hierarchy of
directories looking for files which match a certain set of criteria (such
as a filename pattern).  The xargs utility builds and executes command
lines from standard input arguments (usually lists of file names generated
by the find command).  The locate utility scans a database of filenames
and displays matches.  The updatedb utility builds the database for locate.

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 'findutils' from
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:

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

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Eric Blake
volunteer cygwin findutils maintainer

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