Updated [experimental]: coreutils-5.96-1

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Tue May 23 13:13:00 GMT 2006

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A new release of coreutils, 5.96-1, is available for experimental use.

This is a new upstream release of coreutils.  However, it depends on
features only available in recent cygwin snapshots, so you MUST have
cygwin snapshot 20060329 or later installed to use it (or wait for cygwin
1.5.20 to come out).  If you are not sure what this means, then stick with
the stable 5.94-1.

Upstream changes from 5.94 are summarized below; see also

Cygwin-specific changes in this release, as compared to the stable 5.94-1,
include the following:
+ Cripple pwd to always use readdir instead of getcwd, in order to stress
test d_ino in the snapshots.  This crippling will be reverted when cygwin
1.5.20 is final, and I release coreutils-5.96-2.
+ Optimize ls -i to use d_ino and avoid stat when possible.
+ Fix dd regression from 5.3.0 on text mounts - when iflag=O_TEXT is not
specified, default to binary mode.
+ Stress test new freopen(NULL) semantics in many apps.
+ Treat 8-bit characters as printable when quoting a filename in an
interactive or error message, such as for rm -i or cp -v.

Also, there are reports of cp reporting error messages such as "replaced
while being copied", caused by older versions of Samba.  This is not a
coreutils bug, but a side-effect of how cygwin handles Samba drives, and
evidence that you need a newer snapshot of cygwin installed.

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

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, then look for 'coreutils' in
the 'Base' category (it should already be selected).  Because this is an
experimental version, you will have to first install a snapshot and use
the 'Exp' radio button.

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.

- --
Eric Blake
volunteer cygwin coreutils maintainer

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