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[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: findutils-4.3.11-1
- From: Eric Blake <ebb9 at byu dot net>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 21:21:55 -0700
- Subject: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: findutils-4.3.11-1
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- Reply-to: The Cygwin Mailing List <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
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A new release of findutils, 4.3.11-1, is available for use, leaving
4.3.10-1 as the previous version.
This is a new upstream release, fixing several issues as documented below.
The release is marked beta upstream, but the 4.3 series has, in general,
been enough of an improvement over the stable 4.2 series that I have
focused on 4.3 releases as the primary cygwin release.
Although the news file mentions the partial addition of birthtime support,
it requires rebuilding from source against a cygwin snapshot to take
advantage of this feature, since birthtime will not be supported
officially until cygwin 1.7.0. This release depends on fixes to cygwin
bugs that are only present in cygwin 1.5.25 or newer.
See also /usr/share/doc/findutils-4.3.11/.
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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* Major changes in release 4.3.11
** Functional changes
When the POSIXLY_CORRECT environment variable is set, "find -perm
+a+w" is rejected as invalid. Some other similar mode strings
starting with '+' which are not valid in POSIX are also rejected.
The -prune action now always evaluates as true (this is also a
** Bug Fixes
#21568: Switch to checking the gnulib code out with native git, not
CVS. This affects mainly those who check findutils code out of CVS.
This is not the first time this bug has been fixed (the previous fix
used "cvs update -D", which git-cvspserver silently does not
#21039: Setting the POSIXLY_CORRECT environment variable now turns off
warnings by default, because POSIX requires that only diagnostic
messages (and -ok prompts) are printed on STDERR, and diagnostic
messages must also result in a nonzero exit status.
#20970: Trailing slash on directory arguments breaks -name. "find
foo/ -name foo" now correctly matches foo and printf foo/. See POSIX
#20865: Using both -delete and -prune without explicitly using -depth
is now an error. Traditionally, -delete has always turned -depth on
anyway, so this is not a functional change. However, using -depth
(implicitly or explicitly) makes -prune a no-op. This change is
intended to avoid nasty surprises for people who test with
"-print" and then change it to "-delete" when they are happy.
#20803: POSIX requires that -prune always returns true. Previously it
returned false when -depth was in effect and true otherwise.
#20802: If -delete fails, find's exit status will now be non-zero.
However, find still skips trying to delete ".".
** Documentation Fixes
#21635: Some of the documentation files had missing copying
conditions. The missing files now have copying headers, and these
are compatible with each other (GNU FDL 1.2).
#21634: No copy of FDL 1.2 included with the source code
#21633: Missing copyright/license header in some documentation.
#21628: find -perm /000 matches all files rather than none, since
findutils-4.3.3. The Texinfo documentation is now consistent with the
manual page on this point.
#21270: Formatting fixes to the xargs.1 manual page, including making
options bold instead of italic and making OPTIONS a section header
rather than a subsection.
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