Updated [experimental]: coreutils-8.4-1

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Thu Mar 11 17:20:00 GMT 2010

For those people testing cygwin snapshots, a new release of coreutils,
8.4-1, has been uploaded.  7.0-2 remains current, because the 8.4-1
release depends on features available only in recent snapshots (that is,
don't upgraded if you are still using the current cygwin 1.7.1).

This is a new upstream release, which I had been neglecting to track for a
while.  Among other upstream highlights, it adds a new nproc(1) utility,
overhauled rm(1) to be more reliable, improved touch(1) to alter symlink
timestamps, improved mktemp(1) to allow user-specified suffixes, and in
general fixed a number of bugs.  A full NEWS summary will be attached when
this version is promoted to current after cygwin 1.7.2 is released.

This particular build also adds cygwin-specific code to try and fix the
bugs reported about cp and install not sticking an .exe suffix on the
target, when the source was specified without a suffix.  If you encounter
a regression, please report it here rather than upstream.  See also the
upstream documentation in /usr/share/doc/coreutils/.

Help in porting the stdbuf utility to cygwin would be appreciated.

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:

[ arch base64 basename cat chcon 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 mktemp mv nice nl nohup nproc od
paste pathchk pinky pr printenv printf ptx pwd readlink rm rmdir runcon
seq sha1sum sha224sum sha256sum sha384sum sha512sum shred shuf sleep sort
split stat stty su sum sync tac tail tee test timeout touch tr true
truncate tsort tty uname unexpand uniq unlink users vdir wc who whoami yes

To update your installation, first install the 20100309 snapshot or newer.
 Then 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, select the 'Exp' radio
button, and look for 'coreutils' in 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.

Eric Blake
volunteer cygwin coreutils maintainer

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