Subject: coreutils-7.0 released (beta)
Date: Sunday 5th October 2008 20:01:52 UTC (over 8 years ago)
Coreutils version 7.0 has been released. Considering the two new programs, and that several of the existing programs acquired new options or other non-trivial improvements, this qualifies as a feature release and gets the "beta" label. However, most changes have been local and well-tested. For a summary of changes and contributors, see: http://git.sv.gnu.org/gitweb/?p=coreutils.git;a=shortlog;h=v6.12 or run this command from a git-cloned coreutils directory: git shortlog v6.12..v7.0 To summarize the gnulib-related changes, run this command from a git-cloned gnulib directory: git shortlog b9c1b3ae9d1cb02e7712988570355d4258f1bcb0\ ..785dc8ba76a688c5746d230dc5b7d4102d42ab4c Here are the compressed sources: ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/coreutils/coreutils-7.0.tar.gz (9.0MB) ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/coreutils/coreutils-7.0.tar.lzma (3.8MB) Here are the GPG detached signatures[*]: ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/coreutils/coreutils-7.0.tar.gz.sig ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/coreutils/coreutils-7.0.tar.lzma.sig Here are the MD5 and SHA1 checksums: a0b9aa9edd52b4efe9c8adb0cf622e79 coreutils-7.0.tar.gz 81c7aecc0daa6cada78005108edb6502 coreutils-7.0.tar.lzma 93b29fb84cc89f81a6c82d326c091600fde8a9d0 coreutils-7.0.tar.gz 8c122d454780401302d6b8a215b33c9d438a8178 coreutils-7.0.tar.lzma [*] You can use either of the above signature files to verify that the corresponding file (without the .sig suffix) is intact. 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This release was bootstrapped with the following tools: Autoconf 2.63 Automake 1.10a Bison 2.3 Gnulib v0.0-1166-g785dc8b ***************** How can you help? ***************** If you're interested in lending a hand, or just want to use the latest versions right now, you can build these programs and run the test suite like this: gzip -dc coreutils-7.0.tar.gz | tar xf - cd coreutils-7.0 ./configure make make -k check >& log grep FAIL log [If you downloaded the much-smaller .lzma tarball, then just substitute this for the gzip... line above: lzma -dc coreutils-7.0.tar.lzma | tar xf - If you don't have "lzma" installed yet, first try getting it via your distribution, e.g., "aptitude install lzma" or "yum install lzma"] Be sure to use make's -k option so that make doesn't stop just because one of the earlier tests fails. Please report any build problems or test failures to the [email protected] mailing list. There are detailed instructions in the `Reporting bugs:' section of the README file. ***************** NEWS (since coreutils-7.0) ***************** * Noteworthy changes in release 7.0 (2008-10-05) [beta] ** New programs timeout: Run a command with bounded time. truncate: Set the size of a file to a specified size. ** New features chgrp, chmod, chown, chcon, du, rm: now all display linear performance, even when operating on million-entry directories on ext3 and ext4 file systems. Before, they would exhibit O(N^2) performance, due to linear per-entry seek time cost when operating on entries in readdir order. Rm was improved directly, while the others inherit the improvement from the newer version of fts in gnulib. comm now verifies that the inputs are in sorted order. This check can be turned off with the --nocheck-order option. comm accepts new option, --output-delimiter=STR, that allows specification of an output delimiter other than the default single TAB. cp and mv: the deprecated --reply=X option is now also undocumented. dd accepts iflag=fullblock to make it accumulate full input blocks. With this new option, after a short read, dd repeatedly calls read, until it fills the incomplete block, reaches EOF, or encounters an error. df accepts a new option --total, which produces a grand total of all arguments after all arguments have been processed. If the GNU MP library is available at configure time, factor and expr support arbitrarily large numbers. Pollard's rho algorithm is used to factor large numbers. install accepts a new option --strip-program to specify the program used to strip binaries. ls now colorizes files with capabilities if libcap is available ls -v now uses filevercmp function as sort predicate (instead of strverscmp) md5sum now accepts the new option, --quiet, to suppress the printing of 'OK' messages. sha1sum, sha224sum, sha384sum, and sha512sum accept it, too. sort accepts a new option, --files0-from=F, that specifies a file containing a null-separated list of files to sort. This list is used instead of filenames passed on the command-line to avoid problems with maximum command-line (argv) length. sort accepts a new option --batch-size=NMERGE, where NMERGE represents the maximum number of inputs that will be merged at once. When processing more than NMERGE inputs, sort uses temporary files. sort accepts a new option --version-sort (-V, --sort=version), specifying that ordering is to be based on filevercmp. ** Bug fixes chcon --verbose now prints a newline after each message od no longer suffers from platform bugs in printf(3). This is probably most noticeable when using 'od -tfL' to print long doubles. seq -0.1 0.1 2 now prints 2,0 when locale's decimal point is ",". Before, it would mistakenly omit the final number in that example. shuf honors the --zero-terminated (-z) option, even with --input-range=LO-HI shuf --head-count is now correctly documented. The documentation previously claimed it was called --head-lines. ** Improvements Improved support for access control lists (ACLs): On MacOS X, Solaris 7..10, HP-UX 11, Tru64, AIX, IRIX 6.5, and Cygwin, "ls -l" now displays the presence of an ACL on a file via a '+' sign after the mode, and "cp -p" copies ACLs. join has significantly better performance due to better memory management ls now uses constant memory when not sorting and using one_per_line format, no matter how many files are in a given directory od now aligns fields across lines when printing multiple -t specifiers, and no longer prints fields that resulted entirely from padding the input out to the least common multiple width. ** Changes in behavior stat's --context (-Z) option has always been a no-op. Now it evokes a warning that it is obsolete and will be removed.