Tue Jul 25 00:28:00 GMT 2006
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A new release of tar, 1.15.91-1, is available, replacing 1.15.1-4 as the
This is a new beta-quality upstream release. However, it fixes enough
bugs, and has been available long enough upstream, that I felt it was
worth promoting to the current cygwin version. Depending on the reaction
on the cygwin mailing list, if things do not work out, I am willing to
revert back to the last stable version (1.15.1) if needed, but I do not
anticipate problems. Meanwhile, if you have problems, the you can always
select 1.15.1 using the "prev" radio button of setup.exe. This release
requires cygwin-1.5.20 or later. A list of changes from the NEWS file is
attached; see also /usr/share/doc/tar-1.15.91/.
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).
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.
volunteer cygwin tar maintainer
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