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Revision 1.23 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Fri Sep 8 19:12:52 2023 UTC (2 months, 3 weeks ago) by vins
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2023Q3-base, pkgsrc-2023Q3, HEAD
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sysutils/coreutils | misc/gnuls : update to version 9.4

* Noteworthy changes in release 9.4 (2023-08-29) [stable]

This is a stabilization release coming about 19 weeks after the 9.3 release.
There have been 162 commits by 10 people in the 19 weeks since 9.3.

** Bug fixes

  On GNU/Linux s390x and alpha, programs like 'cp' and 'ls' no longer
  fail on files with inode numbers that do not fit into 32 bits.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  'b2sum --check' will no longer read unallocated memory when
  presented with malformed checksum lines.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-9.2]

  'cp --parents' again succeeds when preserving mode for absolute directories.
  Previously it would have failed with a "No such file or directory" error.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-9.1]

  'cp --sparse=never' will avoid copy-on-write (reflinking) and copy offloading,
  to ensure no holes present in the destination copy.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-9.0]

  cksum again diagnoses read errors in its default CRC32 mode.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-9.0]

  'cksum --check' now ensures filenames with a leading backslash character
  are escaped appropriately in the status output.
  This also applies to the standalone checksumming utilities.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.25]

  dd again supports more than two multipliers for numbers.
  Previously numbers of the form '1024x1024x32' gave "invalid number" errors.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-9.1]

  factor, numfmt, and tsort now diagnose read errors on the input.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  'install --strip' now supports installing to files with a leading hyphen.
  Previously such file names would have caused the strip process to fail.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  ls now shows symlinks specified on the command line that can't be traversed.
  Previously a "Too many levels of symbolic links" diagnostic was given.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  pinky, uptime, users, and who no longer misbehave on 32-bit GNU/Linux
  platforms like x86 and ARM where time_t was historically 32 bits.
  Also see the new --enable-systemd option mentioned below.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-9.0]

  'pr --length=1 --double-space' no longer enters an infinite loop.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  shred again operates on Solaris when built for 64 bits.
  Previously it would have exited with a "getrandom: Invalid argument" error.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-9.0]

  tac now handles short reads on its input.  Previously it may have exited
  erroneously, especially with large input files with no separators.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  'uptime' no longer incorrectly prints "0 users" on OpenBSD,
  and is being built again on FreeBSD and Haiku.
  [bugs introduced in coreutils-9.2]

  'wc -l' and 'cksum' no longer crash with an "Illegal instruction" error
  on x86 Linux kernels that disable XSAVE YMM.  This was seen on Xen VMs.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-9.0]

** Changes in behavior

  'cp -v' and 'mv -v' will no longer output a message for each file skipped
  due to -i, or -u.  Instead they only output this information with --debug.
  I.e., 'cp -u -v' etc. will have the same verbosity as before coreutils-9.3.

  'cksum -b' no longer prints base64-encoded checksums.  Rather that
  short option is reserved to better support emulation of the standalone
  checksum utilities with cksum.

  'mv dir x' now complains differently if x/dir is a nonempty directory.
  Previously it said "mv: cannot move 'dir' to 'x/dir': Directory not empty",
  where it was unclear whether 'dir' or 'x/dir' was the problem.
  Now it says "mv: cannot overwrite 'x/dir': Directory not empty".
  Similarly for other renames where the destination must be the problem.
  [problem introduced in coreutils-6.0]

** Improvements

  cp, mv, and install now avoid copy_file_range on linux kernels before 5.3
  irrespective of which kernel version coreutils is built against,
  reinstating that behavior from coreutils-9.0.

  comm, cut, join, od, and uniq will now exit immediately upon receiving a
  write error, which is significant when reading large / unbounded inputs.

  split now uses more tuned access patterns for its potentially large input.
  This was seen to improve throughput by 5% when reading from SSD.

  split now supports a configurable $TMPDIR for handling any temporary files.

  tac now falls back to '/tmp' if a configured $TMPDIR is unavailable.

  'who -a' now displays the boot time on Alpine Linux, OpenBSD,
  Cygwin, Haiku, and some Android distributions

  'uptime' now succeeds on some Android distributions, and now counts
  VM saved/sleep time on GNU (Linux, Hurd, kFreeBSD), NetBSD, OpenBSD,
  Minix, and Cygwin.

  On GNU/Linux platforms where utmp-format files have 32-bit timestamps,
  pinky, uptime, and who can now work for times after the year 2038,
  so long as systemd is installed, you configure with a new, experimental
  option --enable-systemd, and you use the programs without file arguments.
  (For example, with systemd 'who /var/log/wtmp' does not work because
  systemd does not support the equivalent of /var/log/wtmp.)

Revision 1.22 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Tue Apr 18 17:53:29 2023 UTC (7 months, 1 week ago) by abs
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2023Q2-base, pkgsrc-2023Q2
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Add locale/ka files to PLIST

Revision 1.21 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Sun Dec 15 11:49:28 2019 UTC (3 years, 11 months ago) by mef
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2023Q1-base, pkgsrc-2023Q1, pkgsrc-2022Q4-base, pkgsrc-2022Q4, pkgsrc-2022Q3-base, pkgsrc-2022Q3, pkgsrc-2022Q2-base, pkgsrc-2022Q2, pkgsrc-2022Q1-base, pkgsrc-2022Q1, pkgsrc-2021Q4-base, pkgsrc-2021Q4, pkgsrc-2021Q3-base, pkgsrc-2021Q3, pkgsrc-2021Q2-base, pkgsrc-2021Q2, pkgsrc-2021Q1-base, pkgsrc-2021Q1, pkgsrc-2020Q4-base, pkgsrc-2020Q4, pkgsrc-2020Q3-base, pkgsrc-2020Q3, pkgsrc-2020Q2-base, pkgsrc-2020Q2, pkgsrc-2020Q1-base, pkgsrc-2020Q1, pkgsrc-2019Q4-base, pkgsrc-2019Q4
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(sysutils/coreutils, misc/gnuls) Updated from 8.29 to 8.31

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.31 (2019-03-10) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  'base64 a b' now correctly diagnoses 'b' as the extra operand, not 'a'.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.3.0]

  When B already exists, 'cp -il A B' no longer immediately fails
  after asking the user whether to proceed.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  df no longer corrupts displayed multibyte characters on macOS.
  [bug introduced with coreutils-8.18]

  seq no longer outputs inconsistent decimal point characters
  for the last number, when locales are misconfigured.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.0]

  shred, sort, and split no longer falsely report ftruncate errors
  when outputting to less-common file types.  For example, the shell
  command 'sort /dev/null -o /dev/stdout | cat' no longer fails with
  an "error truncating" diagnostic.
  [bug was introduced with coreutils-8.18 for sort and split, and
   (for shared memory objects only) with fileutils-4.1 for shred]

  sync no longer fails for write-only file arguments.
  [bug introduced with argument support to sync in coreutils-8.24]

  'tail -f file | filter' no longer exits immediately on AIX.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.28]

  'tail -f file | filter' no longer goes into an infinite loop
  if filter exits and SIGPIPE is ignored.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.28]

** Changes in behavior

  cksum, dd, hostid, hostname, link, logname, sleep, tsort, unlink,
  uptime, users, whoami, yes: now always process --help and --version options,
  regardless of any other arguments present before any optional '--'
  end-of-options marker.

  nohup now processes --help and --version as first options even if other
  parameters follow.

  'yes a -- b' now outputs 'a b' instead of including the end-of-options
  marker as before: 'a -- b'.

  echo now always processes backslash escapes when the POSIXLY_CORRECT
  environment variable is set.

  When possible 'ln A B' now merely links A to B and reports an error
  if this fails, instead of statting A and B before linking.  This
  uses fewer system calls and avoids some races.  The old statting
  approach is still used in situations where hard links to directories
  are allowed (e.g., NetBSD when superuser).

  ls --group-directories-first will also group symlinks to directories.

  'test -a FILE' is not supported anymore.  Long ago, there were concerns about
  the high probability of humans confusing the -a primary with the -a binary
  operator, so POSIX changed this to 'test -e FILE'.  Scripts using it were
  already broken and non-portable; the -a unary operator was never documented.

  wc now treats non breaking space characters as word delimiters
  unless the POSIXLY_CORRECT environment variable is set.

** New features

  id now supports specifying multiple users.

  'date' now supports the '+' conversion specification flag,
  introduced in POSIX.1-2017.

  printf, seq, sleep, tail, and timeout now accept floating point
  numbers in either the current or the C locale.  For example, if the
  current locale's decimal point is ',', 'sleep 0,1' and 'sleep 0.1'
  now mean the same thing.  Previously, these commands accepted only
  C-locale syntax with '.' as the decimal point.  The new behavior is
  more compatible with other implementations in non-C locales.

  test now supports the '-N FILE' unary operator (like e.g. bash) to check
  whether FILE exists and has been modified since it was last read.

  env now supports '--default-signal[=SIG]', '--ignore-signal[=SIG]', and
  '--block-signal[=SIG], to setup signal handling before executing a program.

  env now supports '--list-signal-handling' to indicate non-default
  signal handling before executing a program.

** New commands

  basenc is added to complement existing base64,base32 commands,
  and encodes and decodes printable text using various common encodings:

** Improvements

  ls -l now better aligns abbreviated months containing digits,
  which is common in Asian locales.

  stat and tail now know about the "sdcardfs" file system on Android.
  stat -f -c%T now reports the file system type, and tail -f uses inotify.

  stat now prints file creation time when supported by the file system,
  on GNU Linux systems with glibc >= 2.28 and kernel >= 4.11.
* Noteworthy changes in release 8.30 (2018-07-01) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  'cp --symlink SRC DST' will again correctly validate DST.
  If DST is a regular file and SRC is a symlink to DST,
  then cp will no longer allow that operation to clobber DST.
  Also with -d, if DST is a symlink, then it can always be replaced,
  even if it points to SRC on a separate device.
  [bugs introduced with coreutils-8.27]

  'cp -n -u' and 'mv -n -u' now consistently ignore the -u option.
  Previously, this option combination suffered from race conditions
  that caused -u to sometimes override -n.
  [bug introduced with coreutils-7.1]

  'cp -a --no-preserve=mode' now sets appropriate default permissions
  for non regular files like fifos and character device nodes etc.,
  and leaves mode bits of existing files unchanged.
  Previously it would have set executable bits on created special files,
  and set mode bits for existing files as if they had been created.
  [bug introduced with coreutils-8.20]

  'cp --remove-destination file symlink' now removes the symlink
  even if it can't be traversed.
  [bug introduced with --remove-destination in fileutils-4.1.1]

  ls no longer truncates the abbreviated month names that have a
  display width between 6 and 12 inclusive.  Previously this would have
  output ambiguous months for Arabic or Catalan locales.

  'ls -aA' is now equivalent to 'ls -A', since -A now overrides -a.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.3.0]

  'mv -n A B' no longer suffers from a race condition that can
  overwrite a simultaneously-created B.  This bug fix requires
  platform support for the renameat2 or renameatx_np syscalls, found
  in recent Linux and macOS kernels.  As a side effect, v -n A A  now silently does nothing if A exists.
  [bug introduced with coreutils-7.1]

** Changes in behavior

  'cp --force file symlink' now removes the symlink even if
  it is self referential.

  ls --color now matches file extensions case insensitively.

** New features

  cp --reflink now supports --reflink=never to enforce a standard copy.

  env supports a new -v/--debug option to show verbose information about
  each processing step.

  env supports a new -S/--split-string=S option to split a single argument
  string into multiple arguments. Used to pass multiple arguments in scripts
  (shebang lines).

  md5sum accepts a new option: --zero (-z) to delimit the output lines with a
  NUL instead of a newline character.  This also disables file name escaping.
  This also applies to sha*sum and b2sum.

  rm --preserve-root now supports the --preserve-root=all option to
  reject any command line argument that is mounted to a separate file system.

** Improvements

  cut supports line lengths up to the max file size on 32 bit systems.
  Previously only offsets up to SIZE_MAX-1 were supported.

  stat and tail now know about the "exfs" file system, which is a
  version of XFS.  stat -f --format=%T now reports the file system type,
  and tail -f uses inotify.

  wc avoids redundant processing of ASCII text in multibyte locales,
  which is especially significant on macOS.

Revision 1.20 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Mon Jan 1 22:29:56 2018 UTC (5 years, 10 months ago) by rillig
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2019Q3-base, pkgsrc-2019Q3, pkgsrc-2019Q2-base, pkgsrc-2019Q2, pkgsrc-2019Q1-base, pkgsrc-2019Q1, pkgsrc-2018Q4-base, pkgsrc-2018Q4, pkgsrc-2018Q3-base, pkgsrc-2018Q3, pkgsrc-2018Q2-base, pkgsrc-2018Q2, pkgsrc-2018Q1-base, pkgsrc-2018Q1
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Diff to previous 1.19 (colored)

Sort PLIST files.

Unsorted entries in PLIST files have generated a pkglint warning for at
least 12 years. Somewhat more recently, pkglint has learned to sort
PLIST files automatically. Since pkglint 5.4.23, the sorting is only
done in obvious, simple cases. These have been applied by running:

  pkglint -Cnone,PLIST -Wnone,plist-sort -r -F

Revision 1.19 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Wed Jan 18 21:10:42 2017 UTC (6 years, 10 months ago) by wiz
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2017Q4-base, pkgsrc-2017Q4, pkgsrc-2017Q3-base, pkgsrc-2017Q3, pkgsrc-2017Q2-base, pkgsrc-2017Q2, pkgsrc-2017Q1-base, pkgsrc-2017Q1
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Updated coreutils to 8.26.

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.26 (2016-11-30) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  cp, mv, and install no longer run into undefined behavior when
  handling ACLs on Cygwin and Solaris platforms. [bug introduced in

  cp --parents --no-preserve=mode, no longer copies permissions from source
  directories, instead using default permissions for created directories.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.93]

  chcon, chgrp, chmod, chown, du, and rm, or specifically utilities
  using the FTS interface, now diagnose failures returned by readdir().
  [this bug was inherent in the use of fts: thus, for rm the bug was
  introduced in coreutils-8.0.  du, chmod, chgrp and chown started using
  fts in 6.0.  chcon was added in coreutils-6.9.91 with fts support.  ]

  date, du, ls, and pr no longer mishandle time zone abbreviations on
  System V style platforms where this information is available only
  in the global variable 'tzname'. [bug introduced in coreutils-8.24]

  factor again outputs immediately when numbers are input interactively.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.24]

  head no longer tries to process non-seekable input as seekable,
  which resulted in failures on FreeBSD 11 at least.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.24]

  install -DZ and mkdir -pZ now set default SELinux context correctly even if
  two or more directories nested in each other are created and each of them
  defaults to a different SELinux context.

  ls --time-style no longer mishandles '%%b' in formats.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.2]

  md5sum --check --ignore-missing no longer treats files with checksums
  starting with "00" as missing.  This also affects sha*sum.
  [bug introduced with the --ignore-missing feature in coreutils-8.25]

  nl now resets numbering for each page section rather than just for each page.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  pr now handles specified separator strings containing tabs correctly.
  Previously it would have output random data from memory.
  [This bug was detected with ASAN and present in "the beginning".]

  sort -h -k now works even in locales that use blank as thousands separator.

  stty --help no longer outputs extraneous gettext header lines
  for translated languages. [bug introduced in coreutils-8.24]

  stty "sane" again sets "susp" to ^z on Solaris, and leaves "swtch" undefined.
  [This bug previously fixed only on some older Solaris systems]

  seq now immediately exits upon write errors.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  tac no longer crashes when there are issues reading from non-seekable inputs.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.15]

  tail -F now continues to process initially untailable files that are replaced
  by a tailable file.  This was handled correctly when inotify was available,
  and is now handled correctly in all cases.
  [bug introduced in fileutils-4.0h]

  tail -f - 'untailable file' will now terminate when there is no more data
  to read from stdin.  Previously it behaved as if --retry was specified.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  tail -f 'remote file' will now avoid outputting repeated data on network
  file systems that misreport file sizes through stale metadata.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning" but exacerbated in coreutils-8.24]

  tail -f --retry 'missing file' will now process truncations of that file.
  Previously truncation was ignored thus not outputting new data in the file.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.3.0]

  tail -f will no longer continually try to open inaccessible files,
  only doing so if --retry is specified.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  yes now handles short writes, rather than assuming all writes complete.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.24]

** Changes in behavior

  rm no longer accepts shortened variants of the --no-preserve-root option.

  seq no longer accepts 0 value as increment, and now also rejects NaN
  values for any argument.

  stat now outputs nanosecond information for time stamps even if
  they are out of localtime range.

  sort, tail, and uniq now support traditional usage like 'sort +2'
  and 'tail +10' on systems conforming to POSIX 1003.1-2008 and later.
  The 2008 edition of POSIX dropped the requirement that arguments
  like '+2' must be treated as file names.

** Improvements

  df now filters the system mount list more efficiently, with 20000
  mount entries now being processed in about 1.1s compared to 1.7s.

  du, shuf, sort, and uniq no longer fail to process a specified file
  when their stdin is closed, which would have happened with glibc >= 2.14.

  install -Z now also sets the default SELinux context for created directories.

  ls is now fully responsive to signals until the first escape sequence is
  written to a terminal.

  ls now aligns quoted items with non quoted items, which is easier to read,
  and also better indicates that the quote is not part of the actual name.

  stat and tail now know about these file systems:
    "balloon-kvm-fs"    KVM dynamic RAM allocation support,
    "cgroup2"           Linux Control Groups V2 support,
    "daxfs"             Optical media file system,
    "m1fs"              A Plexistor file system,
    "prl_fs"            A parallels file system,
    "smb2"              Samba for SMB protocol V2,
    "wslfs"             Windows Subsystem for Linux,
    "zsmalloc"          Linux compressed swap support,
  stat -f --format=%T now reports the file system type, and
  tail -f uses polling for "prl_fs" and "smb2", and inotify for others.

  stat --format=%N for quoting file names now honors the
  same QUOTING_STYLE environment variable values as ls.

** New programs

  b2sum is added to support the BLAKE2 digest algorithm with
  a similar interface to the existing md5sum and sha1sum, etc. commands.

** New Features

  comm now accepts the --total option to output a summary at the end.

  date now accepts the --debug option, to annotate the parsed date string,
  display timezone information, and warn about potential misuse.

  date now accepts the %q format to output the quarter of the year.

Revision 1.18 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Sun Jan 31 09:20:50 2016 UTC (7 years, 10 months ago) by ryoon
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2016Q4-base, pkgsrc-2016Q4, pkgsrc-2016Q3-base, pkgsrc-2016Q3, pkgsrc-2016Q2-base, pkgsrc-2016Q2, pkgsrc-2016Q1-base, pkgsrc-2016Q1
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Update to 8.35

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.25 (2016-01-20) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  cp now correctly copies files with a hole at the end of the file,
  and extents allocated beyond the apparent size of the file.
  That combination resulted in the trailing hole not being reproduced.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.10]

  cut --fields no longer outputs extraneous characters on some uClibc configs.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-6.11]

  install -D again copies relative file names when absolute file names
  are also specified along with an absolute destination directory name.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-6.2]

  ls no longer prematurely wraps lines when printing short file names.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.1.0]

  mv no longer causes data loss due to removing a source directory specified
  multiple times, when that directory is also specified as the destination.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.24]

  shred again uses defined patterns for all iteration counts.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.93]

  sort --debug -b now correctly marks the matching extents for keys
  that specify an offset for the first field.
  [bug introduced with the --debug feature in coreutils-8.6]

  tail -F now works with initially non existent files on a remote file system.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

** New commands

  base32 is added to complement the existing base64 command,
  and encodes and decodes printable text as per RFC 4648.

** New features

  comm,cut,head,numfmt,paste,tail now have the -z,--zero-terminated option, and
  tac --separator accepts an empty argument, to work with NUL delimited items.

  dd now summarizes sizes in --human-readable format too, not just --si.
  E.g., "3441325000 bytes (3.4 GB, 3.2 GiB) copied".  It omits the summaries
  if they would not provide useful information, e.g., "3 bytes copied".
  Its status=progress output now uses the same format as ordinary status,
  perhaps with trailing spaces to erase previous progress output.

  md5sum now supports the --ignore-missing option to allow
  verifying a subset of files given a larger list of checksums.
  This also affects sha1sum, sha224sum, sha256sum, sha384sum and sha512sum.

  printf now supports the '%q' format to print arguments in a form that
  is reusable by most shells, with non-printable characters escaped
  with the POSIX proposed $'...' syntax.

  stty now supports the "[-]drain" setting to control whether to wait
  for transmission of pending output before application of settings.

** Changes in behavior

  base64 no longer supports hex or oct --wrap parameters,
  thus better supporting decimals with leading zeros.

  date --iso-8601 now uses +00:00 timezone format rather than +0000.
  The standard states to use this "extended" format throughout a timestamp.

  df now prefers sources towards the root of a device when
  eliding duplicate bind mounted entries.

  ls now quotes file names unambiguously and appropriate for use in a shell,
  when outputting to a terminal.

  join, sort, uniq with --zero-terminated, now treat '\n' as a field delimiter.

** Improvements

  All utilities now quote user supplied arguments in error strings,
  which avoids confusing error messages in the presence of '\r' chars etc.

  Utilities that traverse directories, like chmod, cp, and rm etc., will operate
  more efficiently on XFS through the use of "leaf optimization".

  md5sum now ensures a single line per file for status on standard output,
  by using a '\' at the start of the line, and replacing any newlines with '\n'.
  This also affects sha1sum, sha224sum, sha256sum, sha384sum and sha512sum.

  dircolors now supports globbing of TERM entries in its database.
  For example "TERM *256color*" is now supported.

  du no longer stats all mount points at startup, only doing so
  upon detection of a directory cycle.
  [issue introduced in coreutils-8.20]

  ls -w0 is now interpreted as no limit on the length of the outputted line.

  stat -f --format=%T now reports the file system type for new Linux
  pseudo file systems "bpf_fs", "btrfs_test", "nsfs", "overlayfs"
  and "tracefs", and remote file system "acfs".

  wc now ensures a single line per file for counts on standard output,
  by quoting names containing '\n' characters; appropriate for use in a shell.

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.24 (2015-07-03) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  dd supports more robust SIGINFO/SIGUSR1 handling for outputting statistics.
  Previously those signals may have inadvertently terminated the process.

  df --local no longer hangs with inaccessible remote mounts.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.21]

  du now silently ignores all directory cycles due to bind mounts.
  Previously it would issue a warning and exit with a failure status.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.1 and partially fixed in coreutils-8.23]

  chroot again calls chroot(DIR) and chdir("/"), even if DIR is "/".
  This handles separate bind mounted "/" trees, and environments
  depending on the implicit chdir("/").
  [bugs introduced in coreutils-8.23]

  cp no longer issues an incorrect warning about directory hardlinks when a
  source directory is specified multiple times.  Now, consistent with other
  file types, a warning is issued for source directories with duplicate names,
  or with -H the directory is copied again using the symlink name.

  factor avoids writing partial lines, thus supporting parallel operation.
  [the bug dates back to the initial implementation]

  head, od, split, tac, tail, and wc no longer mishandle input from files in
  /proc and /sys file systems that report somewhat-incorrect file sizes.

  mkdir --parents -Z now correctly sets the context for the last component,
  even if the parent directory exists and has a different default context.
  [bug introduced with the -Z restorecon functionality in coreutils-8.22]

  numfmt no longer outputs incorrect overflowed values seen with certain
  large numbers, or with numbers with increased precision.
  [bug introduced when numfmt was added in coreutils-8.21]

  numfmt now handles leading zeros correctly, not counting them when
  settings processing limits, and making them optional with floating point.
  [bug introduced when numfmt was added in coreutils-8.21]

  paste no longer truncates output for large input files.  This would happen
  for example with files larger than 4GiB on 32 bit systems with a '\n'
  character at the 4GiB position.
  [the bug dates back to the initial implementation]

  rm indicates the correct number of arguments in its confirmation prompt,
  on all platforms.  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.22]

  shuf -i with a single redundant operand, would crash instead of issuing
  a diagnostic.  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.22]

  tail releases inotify resources when unused.  Previously it could exhaust
  resources with many files, or with -F if files were replaced many times.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

  tail -f again follows changes to a file after it's renamed.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

  tail --follow no longer misses changes to files if those files were
  replaced before inotify watches were created.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

  tail --follow consistently outputs all data for a truncated file.
  [bug introduced in the beginning]

  tail --follow=name correctly outputs headers for multiple files
  when those files are being created or renamed.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

** New features

  chroot accepts the new --skip-chdir option to not change the working directory
  to "/" after changing into the chroot(2) jail, thus retaining the current wor-
  king directory.  The new option is only permitted if the new root directory is
  the old "/", and therefore is useful with the --group and --userspec options.

  dd accepts a new status=progress level to print data transfer statistics
  on stderr approximately every second.

  numfmt can now process multiple fields with field range specifications similar
  to cut, and supports setting the output precision with the --format option.

  split accepts a new --separator option to select a record separator character
  other than the default newline character.

  stty allows setting the "extproc" option where supported, which is
  a useful setting with high latency links.

  sync no longer ignores arguments, and syncs each specified file, or with the
  --file-system option, the file systems associated with each specified file.

  tee accepts a new --output-error option to control operation with pipes
  and output errors in general.

** Changes in behavior

  df no longer suppresses separate exports of the same remote device, as
  these are generally explicitly mounted.  The --total option does still
  suppress duplicate remote file systems.
  [suppression was introduced in coreutils-8.21]

  mv no longer supports moving a file to a hardlink, instead issuing an error.
  The implementation was susceptible to races in the presence of multiple mv
  instances, which could result in both hardlinks being deleted.  Also on case
  insensitive file systems like HFS, mv would just remove a hardlinked 'file'
  if called like `mv file File`.  The feature was added in coreutils-5.0.1.

  numfmt --from-unit and --to-unit options now interpret suffixes as SI units,
  and IEC (power of 2) units are now specified by appending 'i'.

  tee will exit early if there are no more writable outputs.

  tee does not treat the file operand '-' as meaning standard output any longer,
  for better conformance to POSIX.  This feature was added in coreutils-5.3.0.

  timeout --foreground no longer sends SIGCONT to the monitored process,
  which was seen to cause intermittent issues with GDB for example.

** Improvements

  cp,install,mv will convert smaller runs of NULs in the input to holes,
  and cp --sparse=always avoids speculative preallocation on XFS for example.

  cp will read sparse files more efficiently when the destination is a
  non regular file.  For example when copying a disk image to a device node.

  mv will try a reflink before falling back to a standard copy, which is
  more efficient when moving files across BTRFS subvolume boundaries.

  stat and tail now know about IBRIX.  stat -f --format=%T now reports the file
  system type, and tail -f uses polling for files on IBRIX file systems.

  wc -l processes short lines much more efficiently.

  References from --help and the man pages of utilities have been corrected
  in various cases, and more direct links to the corresponding online
  documentation are provided.

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Update to coreutils-8.22

There have been 195 commits by 32 people in the 10 months since 8.21

Executive summary: 8.22 is mainly a bug fix and performance improvement release.
tail(1) has fixes for handling initially non existent files, and df now has
better handling of specified disk device nodes.  On the performance side,
there have been many improvements to the memory usage of various tools, which
are detailed at
There have been large throughput improvements in cut(1) and base64 encoding.
Also the md5sum and sha*sum utilities have support for using architecture
specific routines to improve performance, if allowed on your distribution.
There are also new features available, including SELinux "restorecon" support
in various file creation utilities through the -Z option, and shred has a new
--repeat option to continually select random items from the input.

See the NEWS below for more details.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed!
The following people contributed changes to this release:

  Andreas Mohr (1)
  Anton Ovchinnikov (2)
  Assaf Gordon (8)
  Benno Schulenberg (2)
  Bernhard Voelker (28)
  Cojocaru Alexandru (4)
  Colin Leitner (1)
  D. Hugh Redelmeier (1)
  Daniel J Walsh (1)
  Enrico Scholz (1)
  Eric Blake (1)
  FUJIWARA Katsunori (1)
  Filipus Klutiero (1)
  Gian Piero Carrubba (1)
  Jarkko Sakkinen (4)
  Javier López (1)
  Jim Meyering (6)
  Joachim Schmitz (2)
  John (1)
  Karl Berry (1)
  Ken Booth (1)
  Mike Frysinger (1)
  Ondrej Oprala (2)
  Ondej Vašík (2)
  Paul Eggert (10)
  Pádraig Brady (106)
  Rasmus Villemoes (1)
  Rémy Lefevre (1)
  Sergio Durigan Junior (1)
  Stefano Lattarini (3)
  Tiger Lee (1)
  Torbjörn Granlund (1)

Special thanks to Bernhard Voelker for his many considered patches and reviews,
and to Assaf Gordon for his work on new (and future) features.

Pádraig [on behalf of the coreutils maintainers]


Here is the GNU coreutils home page:

For a summary of changes and contributors, see:;a=shortlog;h=v8.22
or run this command from a git-cloned coreutils directory:
  git shortlog v8.21..v8.22

To summarize the 255 gnulib-related changes, run these commands
From a git-cloned coreutils directory:
  git checkout v8.22
  git submodule summary v8.21


Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature[*]:

Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:

[*] Use a .sig file to verify that the corresponding file (without the
.sig suffix) is intact.  First, be sure to download both the .sig file
and the corresponding tarball.  Then, run a command like this:

  gpg --verify coreutils-8.22.tar.xz.sig

If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver --recv-keys DF6FD971306037D9

and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.69
  Automake 1.13.4
  Gnulib v0.1-38-g0658e50
  Bison 2.7


* Noteworthy changes in release 8.22 (2013-12-13) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  df now processes the mount list correctly in the presence of unstatable
  mount points.  Previously it may have failed to output some mount points.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.21]

  df now processes symbolic links and relative paths to special files containing
  a mounted file system correctly.  Previously df displayed the statistics about
  the file system the file is stored on rather than the one inside.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  df now processes disk device nodes correctly in the presence of bind mounts.
  Now df shows the base mounted file system rather than the last one mounted.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  install now removes the target file if the strip program failed for any
  reason.  Before, that file was left behind, sometimes even with wrong
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  ln --relative now updates existing symlinks correctly.  Previously it based
  the relative link on the dereferenced path of an existing link.
  [This bug was introduced when --relative was added in coreutils-8.16.]

  ls --recursive will no longer exit with "serious" exit code (2), if there
  is an error reading a directory not specified on the command line.
  [Bug introduced in coreutils-5.3.0]

  mkdir, mkfifo, and mknod now work better when creating a file in a directory
  with a default ACL whose umask disagrees with the process's umask, on a
  system such as GNU/Linux where directory ACL umasks override process umasks.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-6.0]

  mv will now replace empty directories in the destination with directories
  from the source, when copying across file systems.
  [This bug was present in "the beginning".]

  od -wN with N larger than 64K on a system with 32-bit size_t would
  print approximately 2*N bytes of extraneous padding.
  [Bug introduced in coreutils-7.0]

  rm -I now prompts for confirmation before removing a write protected file.
  [Bug introduced in coreutils-6.8]

  shred once again uses direct I/O on systems requiring aligned buffers.
  Also direct I/O failures for odd sized writes at end of file are now handled.
  [The "last write" bug was introduced in coreutils-5.3.0 but masked
   by the alignment bug introduced in coreutils-6.0]

  tail --retry -f now waits for the files specified to appear.  Before, tail
  would immediately exit when such a file is initially inaccessible.
  [This bug was introduced when inotify support was added in coreutils-7.5]

  tail -F has improved handling of symlinks.  Previously tail didn't respond
  to the symlink target (re)appearing after being (re)created.
  [This bug was introduced when inotify support was added in coreutils-7.5]

** New features

  cp, install, mkdir, mknod, mkfifo and mv now support "restorecon"
  functionality through the -Z option, to set the SELinux context
  appropriate for the new item location in the file system.

  csplit accepts a new option: --suppressed-matched, to elide the lines
  used to identify the split points.

  df --output now accepts a 'file' field, to propagate a specified
  command line argument through to the output.

  du accepts a new option: --inodes to show the number of inodes instead
  of the blocks used.

  id accepts a new option: --zero (-z) to delimit the output entries by
  a NUL instead of a white space character.

  id and ls with -Z report the SMACK security context where available.
  mkdir, mkfifo and mknod with -Z set the SMACK context where available.

  id can now lookup by user ID, in addition to the existing name lookup.

  join accepts a new option: --zero-terminated (-z). As with the sort,uniq
  option of the same name, this makes join consume and produce NUL-terminated
  lines rather than newline-terminated lines.

  uniq accepts a new option: --group to print all items, while separating
  unique groups with empty lines.

  shred accepts new parameters to the --remove option to give greater
  control over that operation, which can greatly reduce sync overhead.

  shuf accepts a new option: --repeat (-r), which can repeat items in
  the output.

** Changes in behavior

  cp --link now dereferences a symbolic link as source before creating the
  hard link in the destination unless the -P,--no-deref option is specified.
  Previously, it would create a hard link of the symbolic link, even when
  the dereferencing options -L or -H were specified.

  cp, install, mkdir, mknod and mkfifo no longer accept an argument to the
  short -Z option.  The --context equivalent still takes an optional argument.

  dd status=none now suppresses all non fatal diagnostic messages,
  not just the transfer counts.

  df no longer accepts the long-obsolescent --megabytes option.

  stdbuf now requires at least one buffering mode option to be specified,
  as per the documented interface.

** Improvements

  base64 encoding throughput for bulk data is increased by about 60%.

  md5sum can use libcrypto hash routines where allowed to potentially
  get better performance through using more system specific logic.
  sha1sum for example has improved throughput by 40% on an i3-2310M.
  This also affects sha1sum, sha224sum, sha256sum, sha384sum and sha512sum.

  stat and tail work better with EFIVARFS, EXOFS, F2FS, HOSTFS, SMACKFS, SNFS
  and UBIFS.  stat -f --format=%T now reports the file system type, and tail -f
  now uses inotify for files on all those except SNFS, rather than the default
  (for unknown file system types) of issuing a warning and reverting to polling.

  shuf outputs subsets of large inputs much more efficiently.
  Reservoir sampling is used to limit memory usage based on the number of
  outputs, rather than the number of inputs.

  shred increases the default write block size from 12KiB to 64KiB
  to align with other utilities and reduce the system call overhead.

  split --line-bytes=SIZE, now only allocates memory as needed rather
  than allocating SIZE bytes at program start.

  stty now supports configuring "stick" (mark/space) parity where available.

** Build-related

  factor now builds on aarch64 based systems [bug introduced in coreutils-8.20]

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Add symlinks in gnu/man/man1/

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Remove GNU_PROGRAM_PREFIX variable (discussed in pkgsrc-users@).
All utilities are installed with a prefix 'g'. Symlinks with original
names are created in ${PREFIX}/gnu/bin.

While here fix some pkglint warnings.


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Fix an instance of GNU_PROGRAM_PREFIX not identified properly in PLIST.

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Update coreutils and gnuls to 8.13 (from the ancient 6.12).

In particular, I am doing this to fix the build under macppc.  6.12 is
just broken on machines that have a 64-bit time_t with a 32-bit long.

All of our local patches seem to have been assimilated upstream... but,
of course, this does not mean new problems won't arise!

This update has been tested on amd64, macppc and OS X 10.6.

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.13 (2011-09-08) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  chown and chgrp with the -v --from= options, now output the correct owner.
  I.E. for skipped files, the original ownership is output, not the new one.
  [bug introduced in sh-utils-2.0g]

  cp -r could mistakenly change the permissions of an existing destination
  directory.  [bug introduced in coreutils-6.8]

  cp -u -p would fail to preserve one hard link for each up-to-date copy
  of a src-hard-linked name in the destination tree.  I.e., if s/a and s/b
  are hard-linked and dst/s/a is up to date, "cp -up s dst" would copy s/b
  to dst/s/b rather than simply linking dst/s/b to dst/s/a.
  [This bug appears to have been present in "the beginning".]

  fts-using tools (rm, du, chmod, chgrp, chown, chcon) no longer use memory
  proportional to the number of entries in each directory they process.
  Before, rm -rf 4-million-entry-directory would consume about 1GiB of memory.
  Now, it uses less than 30MB, no matter how many entries there are.
  [this bug was inherent in the use of fts: thus, for rm the bug was
  introduced in coreutils-8.0.  The prior implementation of rm did not use
  as much memory.  du, chmod, chgrp and chown started using fts in 6.0.
  chcon was added in coreutils-6.9.91 with fts support.  ]

  pr -T no longer ignores a specified LAST_PAGE to stop at.
  [bug introduced in textutils-1.19q]

  printf '%d' '"' no longer accesses out-of-bounds memory in the diagnostic.
  [bug introduced in sh-utils-1.16]

  split --number l/... no longer creates extraneous files in certain cases.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.8]

  timeout now sends signals to commands that create their own process group.
  timeout is no longer confused when starting off with a child process.
  [bugs introduced in coreutils-7.0]

  unexpand -a now aligns correctly when there are spaces spanning a tabstop,
  followed by a tab.  In that case a space was dropped, causing misalignment.
  We also now ensure that a space never precedes a tab.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.3.0]

** Changes in behavior

  chmod, chown and chgrp now output the original attributes in messages,
  when -v or -c specified.

  cp -au (where --preserve=links is implicit) may now replace newer
  files in the destination, to mirror hard links from the source.

** New features

  date now accepts ISO 8601 date-time strings with "T" as the
  separator.  It has long parsed dates like "2004-02-29 16:21:42"
  with a space between the date and time strings.  Now it also parses
  "2004-02-29T16:21:42" and fractional-second and time-zone-annotated
  variants like "2004-02-29T16:21:42.333-07:00"

  md5sum accepts the new --strict option.  With --check, it makes the
  tool exit non-zero for any invalid input line, rather than just warning.
  This also affects sha1sum, sha224sum, sha384sum and sha512sum.

  split accepts a new --filter=CMD option.  With it, split filters output
  through CMD.  CMD may use the $FILE environment variable, which is set to
  the nominal output file name for each invocation of CMD.  For example, to
  split a file into 3 approximately equal parts, which are then compressed:
    split -n3 --filter='xz > $FILE.xz' big
  Note the use of single quotes, not double quotes.
  That creates files named xaa.xz, xab.xz and xac.xz.

  timeout accepts a new --foreground option, to support commands not started
  directly from a shell prompt, where the command is interactive or needs to
  receive signals initiated from the terminal.

** Improvements

  cp -p now copies trivial NSFv4 ACLs on Solaris 10.  Before, it would
  mistakenly apply a non-trivial ACL to the destination file.

  cp and ls now support HP-UX 11.11's ACLs, thanks to improved support
  in gnulib.

  df now supports disk partitions larger than 4 TiB on MacOS X 10.5
  or newer and on AIX 5.2 or newer.

  join --check-order now prints "join: FILE:LINE_NUMBER: bad_line" for an
  unsorted input, rather than e.g., "join: file 1 is not in sorted order".

  shuf outputs small subsets of large permutations much more efficiently.
  For example `shuf -i1-$((2**32-1)) -n2` no longer exhausts memory.

  stat -f now recognizes the GPFS, MQUEUE and PSTOREFS file system types.

  timeout now supports sub-second timeouts.

** Build-related

  Changes inherited from gnulib address a build failure on HP-UX 11.11
  when using /opt/ansic/bin/cc.

  Numerous portability and build improvements inherited via gnulib.

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.12 (2011-04-26) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  tail's --follow=name option no longer implies --retry on systems
  with inotify support.  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

** Changes in behavior

  cp's extent-based (FIEMAP) copying code is more reliable in the face
  of varying and undocumented file system semantics:
  - it no longer treats unwritten extents specially
  - a FIEMAP-based extent copy always uses the FIEMAP_FLAG_SYNC flag.
      Before, it would incur the performance penalty of that sync only
      for 2.6.38 and older kernels.  We thought all problems would be
      resolved for 2.6.39.
  - it now attempts a FIEMAP copy only on a file that appears sparse.
      Sparse files are relatively unusual, and the copying code incurs
      the performance penalty of the now-mandatory sync only for them.

** Portability

  dd once again compiles on AIX 5.1 and 5.2

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.11 (2011-04-13) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  cp -a --link would not create a hardlink to a symlink, instead
  copying the symlink and then not preserving its timestamp.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.0]

  cp now avoids FIEMAP issues with BTRFS before Linux 2.6.38,
  which could result in corrupt copies of sparse files.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.10]

  cut could segfault when invoked with a user-specified output
  delimiter and an unbounded range like "-f1234567890-".
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.3.0]

  du would infloop when given --files0-from=DIR
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.1]

  sort no longer spawns 7 worker threads to sort 16 lines
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.6]

  touch built on Solaris 9 would segfault when run on Solaris 10
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.8]

  wc would dereference a NULL pointer upon an early out-of-memory error
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.1]

** New features

  dd now accepts the 'nocache' flag to the iflag and oflag options,
  which will discard any cache associated with the files, or
  processed portion thereof.

  dd now warns that 'iflag=fullblock' should be used,
  in various cases where partial reads can cause issues.

** Changes in behavior

  cp now avoids syncing files when possible, when doing a FIEMAP copy.
  The sync is only needed on Linux kernels before 2.6.39.
  [The sync was introduced in coreutils-8.10]

  cp now copies empty extents efficiently, when doing a FIEMAP copy.
  It no longer reads the zero bytes from the input, and also can efficiently
  create a hole in the output file when --sparse=always is specified.

  df now aligns columns consistently, and no longer wraps entries
  with longer device identifiers, over two lines.

  install now rejects its long-deprecated --preserve_context option.
  Use --preserve-context instead.

  test now accepts "==" as a synonym for "="

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.10 (2011-02-04) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  du would abort with a failed assertion when two conditions are met:
  part of the hierarchy being traversed is moved to a higher level in the
  directory tree, and there is at least one more command line directory
  argument following the one containing the moved sub-tree.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.1.0]

  join --header now skips the ordering check for the first line
  even if the other file is empty.  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.5]

  rm -f no longer fails for EINVAL or EILSEQ on file systems that
  reject file names invalid for that file system.

  uniq -f NUM no longer tries to process fields after end of line.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.0]

** New features

  cp now copies sparse files efficiently on file systems with FIEMAP
  support (ext4, btrfs, xfs, ocfs2).  Before, it had to read 2^20 bytes
  when copying a 1MiB sparse file.  Now, it copies bytes only for the
  non-sparse sections of a file.  Similarly, to induce a hole in the
  output file, it had to detect a long sequence of zero bytes.  Now,
  it knows precisely where each hole in an input file is, and can
  reproduce them efficiently in the output file.  mv also benefits
  when it resorts to copying, e.g., between file systems.

  join now supports -o 'auto' which will automatically infer the
  output format from the first line in each file, to ensure
  the same number of fields are output for each line.

** Changes in behavior

  join no longer reports disorder when one of the files is empty.
  This allows one to use join as a field extractor like:
  join -a1 -o 1.3,1.1 - /dev/null

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.9 (2011-01-04) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  split no longer creates files with a suffix length that
  is dependent on the number of bytes or lines per file.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.8]

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.8 (2010-12-22) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  cp -u no longer does unnecessary copying merely because the source
  has finer-grained time stamps than the destination.

  od now prints floating-point numbers without losing information, and
  it no longer omits spaces between floating-point columns in some cases.

  sort -u with at least two threads could attempt to read through a
  corrupted pointer. [bug introduced in coreutils-8.6]

  sort with at least two threads and with blocked output would busy-loop
  (spinlock) all threads, often using 100% of available CPU cycles to
  do no work.  I.e., "sort < big-file | less" could waste a lot of power.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.6]

  sort with at least two threads no longer segfaults due to use of pointers
  into the stack of an expired thread. [bug introduced in coreutils-8.6]

  sort --compress no longer mishandles subprocesses' exit statuses,
  no longer hangs indefinitely due to a bug in waiting for subprocesses,
  and no longer generates many more than NMERGE subprocesses.

  sort -m -o f f ... f no longer dumps core when file descriptors are limited.

** Changes in behavior

  sort will not create more than 8 threads by default due to diminishing
  performance gains.  Also the --parallel option is no longer restricted
  to the number of available processors.

** New features

  split accepts the --number option to generate a specific number of files.

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.7 (2010-11-13) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  cp, install, mv, and touch no longer crash when setting file times
  on Solaris 10 Update 9 [Solaris PatchID 144488 and newer expose a
  latent bug introduced in coreutils 8.1, and possibly a second latent
  bug going at least as far back as coreutils 5.97]

  csplit no longer corrupts heap when writing more than 999 files,
  nor does it leak memory for every chunk of input processed
  [the bugs were present in the initial implementation]

  tail -F once again notices changes in a currently unavailable
  remote directory [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

** Changes in behavior

  cp --attributes-only now completely overrides --reflink.
  Previously a reflink was needlessly attempted.

  stat's %X, %Y, and %Z directives once again print only the integer
  part of seconds since the epoch.  This reverts a change from
  coreutils-8.6, that was deemed unnecessarily disruptive.
  To obtain a nanosecond-precision time stamp for %X use %.X;
  if you want (say) just 3 fractional digits, use %.3X.
  Likewise for %Y and %Z.

  stat's new %W format directive would print floating point seconds.
  However, with the above change to %X, %Y and %Z, we've made %W work
  the same way as the others.

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.6 (2010-10-15) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  du no longer multiply counts a file that is a directory or whose
  link count is 1, even if the file is reached multiple times by
  following symlinks or via multiple arguments.

  du -H and -L now consistently count pointed-to files instead of
  symbolic links, and correctly diagnose dangling symlinks.

  du --ignore=D now ignores directory D even when that directory is
  found to be part of a directory cycle.  Before, du would issue a
  "NOTIFY YOUR SYSTEM MANAGER" diagnostic and fail.

  split now diagnoses read errors rather than silently exiting.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-4.5.8]

  tac would perform a double-free when given an input line longer than 16KiB.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.3]

  tail -F once again notices changes in a currently unavailable directory,
  and works around a Linux kernel bug where inotify runs out of resources.
  [bugs introduced in coreutils-7.5]

  tr now consistently handles case conversion character classes.
  In some locales, valid conversion specifications caused tr to abort,
  while in all locales, some invalid specifications were undiagnosed.
  [bugs introduced in coreutils 6.9.90 and 6.9.92]

** New features

  cp now accepts the --attributes-only option to not copy file data,
  which is useful for efficiently modifying files.

  du recognizes -d N as equivalent to --max-depth=N, for compatibility
  with FreeBSD.

  sort now accepts the --debug option, to highlight the part of the
  line significant in the sort, and warn about questionable options.

  sort now supports -d, -f, -i, -R, and -V in any combination.

  stat now accepts the %m format directive to output the mount point
  for a file.  It also accepts the %w and %W format directives for
  outputting the birth time of a file, if one is available.

** Changes in behavior

  df now consistently prints the device name for a bind mounted file,
  rather than its aliased target.

  du now uses less than half as much memory when operating on trees
  with many hard-linked files.  With --count-links (-l), or when
  operating on trees with no hard-linked files, there is no change.

  ls -l now uses the traditional three field time style rather than
  the wider two field numeric ISO style, in locales where a style has
  not been specified.  The new approach has nicer behavior in some
  locales, including English, which was judged to outweigh the disadvantage
  of generating less-predictable and often worse output in poorly-configured
  locales where there is an onus to specify appropriate non-default styles.
  [The old behavior was introduced in coreutils-6.0 and had been removed
   for English only using a different method since coreutils-8.1]

  rm's -d now evokes an error;  before, it was silently ignored.

  sort -g now uses long doubles for greater range and precision.

  sort -h no longer rejects numbers with leading or trailing ".", and
  no longer accepts numbers with multiple ".".  It now considers all
  zeros to be equal.

  sort now uses the number of available processors to parallelize
  the sorting operation.  The number of sorts run concurrently can be
  limited with the --parallel option or with external process
  control like taskset for example.

  stat now provides translated output when no format is specified.

  stat no longer accepts the --context (-Z) option.  Initially it was
  merely accepted and ignored, for compatibility.  Starting two years
  ago, with coreutils-7.0, its use evoked a warning.  Printing the
  SELinux context of a file can be done with the %C format directive,
  and the default output when no format is specified now automatically
  includes %C when context information is available.

  stat no longer accepts the %C directive when the --file-system
  option is in effect, since security context is a file attribute
  rather than a file system attribute.

  stat now outputs the full sub-second resolution for the atime,
  mtime, and ctime values since the Epoch, when using the %X, %Y, and
  %Z directives of the --format option.  This matches the fact that
  %x, %y, and %z were already doing so for the human-readable variant.

  touch's --file option is no longer recognized.  Use --reference=F (-r)
  instead.  --file has not been documented for 15 years, and its use has
  elicited a warning since coreutils-7.1.

  truncate now supports setting file sizes relative to a reference file.
  Also errors are no longer suppressed for unsupported file types, and
  relative sizes are restricted to supported file types.

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.5 (2010-04-23) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  cp and mv once again support preserving extended attributes.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.4]

  cp now preserves "capabilities" when also preserving file ownership.

  ls --color once again honors the 'NORMAL' dircolors directive.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-6.11]

  sort -M now handles abbreviated months that are aligned using blanks
  in the locale database.  Also locales with 8 bit characters are
  handled correctly, including multi byte locales with the caveat
  that multi byte characters are matched case sensitively.

  sort again handles obsolescent key formats (+POS -POS) correctly.
  Previously if -POS was specified, 1 field too many was used in the sort.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.2]

** New features

  join now accepts the --header option, to treat the first line of each
  file as a header line to be joined and printed unconditionally.

  timeout now accepts the --kill-after option which sends a kill
  signal to the monitored command if it's still running the specified
  duration after the initial signal was sent.

  who: the "+/-" --mesg (-T) indicator of whether a user/tty is accepting
  messages could be incorrectly listed as "+", when in fact, the user was
  not accepting messages (mesg no).  Before, who would examine only the
  permission bits, and not consider the group of the TTY device file.
  Thus, if a login tty's group would change somehow e.g., to "root",
  that would make it unwritable (via write(1)) by normal users, in spite
  of whatever the permission bits might imply.  Now, when configured
  using the --with-tty-group[=NAME] option, who also compares the group
  of the TTY device with NAME (or "tty" if no group name is specified).

** Changes in behavior

  ls --color no longer emits the final 3-byte color-resetting escape
  sequence when it would be a no-op.

  join -t '' no longer emits an error and instead operates on
  each line as a whole (even if they contain NUL characters).

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.4 (2010-01-13) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  nproc --all is now guaranteed to be as large as the count
  of available processors, which may not have been the case
  on GNU/Linux systems with neither /proc nor /sys available.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.1]

** Build-related

  Work around a build failure when using buggy <sys/capability.h>.
  Alternatively, configure with --disable-libcap.

  Compilation would fail on systems using glibc-2.7..2.9 due to changes in
  gnulib's wchar.h that tickled a bug in at least those versions of glibc's
  own <wchar.h> header.  Now, gnulib works around the bug in those older
  glibc <wchar.h> headers.

  Building would fail with a link error (cp/copy.o) when XATTR headers
  were installed without the corresponding library.  Now, configure
  detects that and disables xattr support, as one would expect.

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.3 (2010-01-07) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  cp -p, install -p, mv, and touch -c could trigger a spurious error
  message when using new glibc coupled with an old kernel.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-6.12].

  ls -l --color no longer prints "argetm" in front of dangling
  symlinks when the 'LINK target' directive was given to dircolors.
  [bug introduced in fileutils-4.0]

  pr's page header was improperly formatted for long file names.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.2]

  rm -r --one-file-system works once again.
  The rewrite to make rm use fts introduced a regression whereby
  a commmand of the above form would fail for all subdirectories.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.0]

  stat -f recognizes more file system types: k-afs, fuseblk, gfs/gfs2, ocfs2,
  and rpc_pipefs. Also Minix V3 is displayed correctly as minix3, not minux3.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.1]

  tail -f (inotify-enabled) once again works with remote files.
  The use of inotify with remote files meant that any changes to those
  files that was not done from the local system would go unnoticed.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

  tail -F (inotify-enabled) would abort when a tailed file is repeatedly
  renamed-aside and then recreated.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

  tail -F (inotify-enabled) could fail to follow renamed files.
  E.g., given a "tail -F a b" process, running "mv a b" would
  make tail stop tracking additions to "b".
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

  touch -a and touch -m could trigger bugs in some file systems, such
  as xfs or ntfs-3g, and fail to update timestamps.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.1]

  wc now prints counts atomically so that concurrent
  processes will not intersperse their output.
  [the issue dates back to the initial implementation]

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.2 (2009-12-11) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  id's use of mgetgroups no longer writes beyond the end of a malloc'd buffer
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.1]

  id no longer crashes on systems without supplementary group support.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.1]

  rm once again handles zero-length arguments properly.
  The rewrite to make rm use fts introduced a regression whereby
  a command like "rm a '' b" would fail to remove "a" and "b", due to
  the presence of the empty string argument.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.0]

  sort is now immune to the signal handling of its parent.
  Specifically sort now doesn't exit with an error message
  if it uses helper processes for compression and its parent
  ignores CHLD signals. [bug introduced in coreutils-6.9]

  tail without -f no longer accesses uninitialized memory
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.6]

  timeout is now immune to the signal handling of its parent.
  Specifically timeout now doesn't exit with an error message
  if its parent ignores CHLD signals. [bug introduced in coreutils-7.6]

  a user running "make distcheck" in the coreutils source directory,
  with TMPDIR unset or set to the name of a world-writable directory,
  and with a malicious user on the same system
  was vulnerable to arbitrary code execution
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.0]

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.1 (2009-11-18) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  chcon no longer exits immediately just because SELinux is disabled.
  Even then, chcon may still be useful.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.0]

  chcon, chgrp, chmod, chown and du now diagnose an ostensible directory cycle
  and arrange to exit nonzero.  Before, they would silently ignore the
  offending directory and all "contents."

  env -u A=B now fails, rather than silently adding A to the
  environment.  Likewise, printenv A=B silently ignores the invalid
  name.  [the bugs date back to the initial implementation]

  ls --color now handles files with capabilities correctly.  Previously
  files with capabilities were often not colored, and also sometimes, files
  without capabilites were colored in error. [bug introduced in coreutils-7.0]

  md5sum now prints checksums atomically so that concurrent
  processes will not intersperse their output.
  This also affected sum, sha1sum, sha224sum, sha384sum and sha512sum.
  [the bug dates back to the initial implementation]

  mktemp no longer leaves a temporary file behind if it was unable to
  output the name of the file to stdout.
  [the bug dates back to the initial implementation]

  nice -n -1 PROGRAM now runs PROGRAM even when its internal setpriority
  call fails with errno == EACCES.
  [the bug dates back to the initial implementation]

  nice, nohup, and su now refuse to execute the subsidiary program if
  they detect write failure in printing an otherwise non-fatal warning
  message to stderr.

  stat -f recognizes more file system types: afs, cifs, anon-inode FS,
  btrfs, cgroupfs, cramfs-wend, debugfs, futexfs, hfs, inotifyfs, minux3,
  nilfs, securityfs, selinux, xenfs

  tail -f (inotify-enabled) now avoids a race condition.
  Before, any data appended in the tiny interval between the initial
  read-to-EOF and the inotify watch initialization would be ignored
  initially (until more data was appended), or forever, if the file
  were first renamed or unlinked or never modified.
  [The race was introduced in coreutils-7.5]

  tail -F (inotify-enabled) now consistently tails a file that has been
  replaced via renaming.  That operation provokes either of two sequences
  of inotify events.  The less common sequence is now handled as well.
  [The bug came with the implementation change in coreutils-7.5]

  timeout now doesn't exit unless the command it is monitoring does,
  for any specified signal. [bug introduced in coreutils-7.0].

** Changes in behavior

  chroot, env, nice, and su fail with status 125, rather than 1, on
  internal error such as failure to parse command line arguments; this
  is for consistency with stdbuf and timeout, and avoids ambiguity
  with the invoked command failing with status 1.  Likewise, nohup
  fails with status 125 instead of 127.

  du (due to a change in gnulib's fts) can now traverse NFSv4 automounted
  directories in which the stat'd device number of the mount point differs
  during a traversal.  Before, it would fail, because such a mismatch would
  usually represent a serious error or a subversion attempt.

  echo and printf now interpret \e as the Escape character (0x1B).

  rm -f /read-only-fs/nonexistent now succeeds and prints no diagnostic
  on systems with an unlinkat syscall that sets errno to EROFS in that case.
  Before, it would fail with a "Read-only file system" diagnostic.
  Also, "rm /read-only-fs/nonexistent" now reports "file not found" rather
  than the less precise "Read-only file system" error.

** New programs

  nproc: Print the number of processing units available to a process.

** New features

  env and printenv now accept the option --null (-0), as a means to
  avoid ambiguity with newlines embedded in the environment.

  md5sum --check now also accepts openssl-style checksums.
  So do sha1sum, sha224sum, sha384sum and sha512sum.

  mktemp now accepts the option --suffix to provide a known suffix
  after the substitution in the template.  Additionally, uses such as
  "mktemp fileXXXXXX.txt" are able to infer an appropriate --suffix.

  touch now accepts the option --no-dereference (-h), as a means to
  change symlink timestamps on platforms with enough support.

* Noteworthy changes in release 8.0 (2009-10-06) [beta]

** Bug fixes

  cp --preserve=xattr and --archive now preserve extended attributes even
  when the source file doesn't have write access.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.1]

  touch -t [[CC]YY]MMDDhhmm[.ss] now accepts a timestamp string ending in .60,
  to accommodate leap seconds.
  [the bug dates back to the initial implementation]

  ls --color now reverts to the color of a base file type consistently
  when the color of a more specific type is disabled.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.90]

  ls -LR exits with status 2, not 0, when it encounters a cycle

  "ls -is" is now consistent with ls -lis in ignoring values returned
  from a failed stat/lstat.  For example ls -Lis now prints "?", not "0",
  for the inode number and allocated size of a dereferenced dangling symlink.

  tail --follow --pid now avoids a race condition where data written
  just before the process dies might not have been output by tail.
  Also, tail no longer delays at all when the specified pid is not live.
  [The race was introduced in coreutils-7.5,
   and the unnecessary delay was present since textutils-1.22o]

** Portability

  On Solaris 9, many commands would mistakenly treat file/ the same as
  file.  Now, even on such a system, path resolution obeys the POSIX
  rules that a trailing slash ensures that the preceeding name is a
  directory or a symlink to a directory.

** Changes in behavior

  id no longer prints SELinux " context=..." when the POSIXLY_CORRECT
  environment variable is set.

  readlink -f now ignores a trailing slash when deciding if the
  last component (possibly via a dangling symlink) can be created,
  since mkdir will succeed in that case.

** New features

  ln now accepts the options --logical (-L) and --physical (-P),
  added by POSIX 2008.  The default behavior is -P on systems like
  GNU/Linux where link(2) creates hard links to symlinks, and -L on
  BSD systems where link(2) follows symlinks.

  stat: without -f, a command-line argument of "-" now means standard input.
  With --file-system (-f), an argument of "-" is now rejected.
  If you really must operate on a file named "-", specify it as
  "./-" or use "--" to separate options from arguments.

** Improvements

  rm: rewrite to use gnulib's fts
  This makes rm -rf significantly faster (400-500%) in some pathological
  cases, and slightly slower (20%) in at least one pathological case.

  rm -r deletes deep hierarchies more efficiently.  Before, execution time
  was quadratic in the depth of the hierarchy, now it is merely linear.
  However, this improvement is not as pronounced as might be expected for
  very deep trees, because prior to this change, for any relative name
  length longer than 8KiB, rm -r would sacrifice official conformance to
  avoid the disproportionate quadratic performance penalty.  Leading to
  another improvement:

  rm -r is now slightly more standards-conformant when operating on
  write-protected files with relative names longer than 8KiB.

* Noteworthy changes in release 7.6 (2009-09-11) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  cp, mv now ignore failure to preserve a symlink time stamp, when it is
  due to their running on a kernel older than what was implied by headers
  and libraries tested at configure time.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

  cp --reflink --preserve now preserves attributes when cloning a file.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

  cp --preserve=xattr no longer leaks resources on each preservation failure.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.1]

  dd now exits with non-zero status when it encounters a write error while
  printing a summary to stderr.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-6.11]

  dd cbs=N conv=unblock would fail to print a final newline when the size
  of the input was not a multiple of N bytes.
  [the non-conforming behavior dates back to the initial implementation]

  df no longer requires that each command-line argument be readable
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.3]

  ls -i now prints consistent inode numbers also for mount points.
  This makes ls -i DIR less efficient on systems with dysfunctional readdir,
  because ls must stat every file in order to obtain a guaranteed-valid
  inode number.  [bug introduced in coreutils-6.0]

  tail -f (inotify-enabled) now flushes any initial output before blocking.
  Before, this would print nothing and wait: stdbuf -o 4K tail -f /etc/passwd
  Note that this bug affects tail -f only when its standard output is buffered,
  which is relatively unusual.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

  tail -f once again works with standard input.  inotify-enabled tail -f
  would fail when operating on a nameless stdin.  I.e., tail -f < /etc/passwd
  would say "tail: cannot watch `-': No such file or directory", yet the
  relatively baroque tail -f /dev/stdin < /etc/passwd would work.  Now, the
  offending usage causes tail to revert to its conventional sleep-based
  (i.e., not inotify-based) implementation.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.5]

** Portability

  ln, link: link f z/ would mistakenly succeed on Solaris 10, given an
  existing file, f, and nothing named "z".  ln -T f z/ has the same problem.
  Each would mistakenly create "z" as a link to "f".  Now, even on such a
  system, each command reports the error, e.g.,
  link: cannot create link `z/' to `f': Not a directory

** New features

  cp --reflink accepts a new "auto" parameter which falls back to
  a standard copy if creating a copy-on-write clone is not possible.

** Changes in behavior

  tail -f now ignores "-" when stdin is a pipe or FIFO.
  tail-with-no-args now ignores -f unconditionally when stdin is a pipe or FIFO.
  Before, it would ignore -f only when no file argument was specified,
  and then only when POSIXLY_CORRECT was set.  Now, :|tail -f - terminates
  immediately.  Before, it would block indefinitely.

* Noteworthy changes in release 7.5 (2009-08-20) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  dd's oflag=direct option now works even when the size of the input
  is not a multiple of e.g., 512 bytes.

  dd now handles signals consistently even when they're received
  before data copying has started.

  install runs faster again with SELinux enabled
  [introduced in coreutils-7.0]

  ls -1U (with two or more arguments, at least one a nonempty directory)
  would print entry names *before* the name of the containing directory.
  Also fixed incorrect output of ls -1RU and ls -1sU.
  [introduced in coreutils-7.0]

  sort now correctly ignores fields whose ending position is specified
  before the start position. Previously in numeric mode the remaining
  part of the line after the start position was used as the sort key.
  [This bug appears to have been present in "the beginning".]

  truncate -s failed to skip all whitespace in the option argument in
  some locales.

** New programs

  stdbuf: A new program to run a command with modified stdio buffering
  for its standard streams.

** Changes in behavior

  ls --color: files with multiple hard links are no longer colored differently
  by default. That can be enabled by changing the LS_COLORS environment
  variable. You can control that using the MULTIHARDLINK dircolors input
  variable which corresponds to the 'mh' LS_COLORS item. Note these variables
  were renamed from 'HARDLINK' and 'hl' which were available since
  coreutils-7.1 when this feature was introduced.

** Deprecated options

  nl --page-increment: deprecated in favor of --line-increment, the new option
  maintains the previous semantics and the same short option, -i.

** New features

  chroot now accepts the options --userspec and --groups.

  cp accepts a new option, --reflink: create a lightweight copy
  using copy-on-write (COW).  This is currently only supported within
  a btrfs file system.

  cp now preserves time stamps on symbolic links, when possible

  sort accepts a new option, --human-numeric-sort (-h): sort numbers
  while honoring human readable suffixes like KiB and MB etc.

  tail --follow now uses inotify when possible, to be more responsive
  to file changes and more efficient when monitoring many files.

* Noteworthy changes in release 7.4 (2009-05-07) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  date -d 'next mon', when run on a Monday, now prints the date
  7 days in the future rather than the current day.  Same for any other
  day-of-the-week name, when run on that same day of the week.
  [This bug appears to have been present in "the beginning". ]

  date -d tuesday, when run on a Tuesday -- using date built from the 7.3
  release tarball, not from git -- would print the date 7 days in the future.
  Now, it works properly and prints the current date.  That was due to
  human error (including not-committed changes in a release tarball)
  and the fact that there is no check to detect when the gnulib/ git
  submodule is dirty.

** Build-related

  make check: two tests have been corrected

** Portability

  There have been some ACL-related portability fixes for *BSD,
  inherited from gnulib.

* Noteworthy changes in release 7.3 (2009-05-01) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  cp now diagnoses failure to preserve selinux/xattr attributes when
  --preserve=context,xattr is specified in combination with -a.
  Also, cp no longer suppresses attribute-preservation diagnostics
  when preserving SELinux context was explicitly requested.

  ls now aligns output correctly in the presence of abbreviated month
  names from the locale database that have differing widths.

  ls -v and sort -V now order names like "#.b#" properly

  mv: do not print diagnostics when failing to preserve xattr's on file
  systems without xattr support.

  sort -m no longer segfaults when its output file is also an input file.
  E.g., with this, touch 1; sort -m -o 1 1, sort would segfault.
  [introduced in coreutils-7.2]

** Changes in behavior

  shred, sort, shuf: now use an internal pseudorandom generator by default.
  This is mainly noticable in shred where the 3 random passes it does by
  default should proceed at the speed of the disk.  Previously /dev/urandom
  was used if available, which is relatively slow on GNU/Linux systems.

** Improved robustness

  cp would exit successfully after copying less than the full contents
  of a file larger than ~4000 bytes from a linux-/proc file system to a
  destination file system with a fundamental block size of 4KiB or greater.
  Reading into a 4KiB-or-larger buffer, cp's "read" syscall would return
  a value smaller than 4096, and cp would interpret that as EOF (POSIX
  allows this).  This optimization, now removed, saved 50% of cp's read
  syscalls when copying small files.  Affected linux kernels: at least
  2.6.9 through 2.6.29.
  [the optimization was introduced in coreutils-6.0]

** Portability

  df now pre-mounts automountable directories even with automounters for
  which stat-like syscalls no longer provoke mounting.  Now, df uses open.

  `id -G $USER` now works correctly even on Darwin and NetBSD. Previously it
  would either truncate the group list to 10, or go into an infinite loop,
  due to their non-standard getgrouplist implementations.
  [truncation introduced in coreutils-6.11]
  [infinite loop introduced in coreutils-7.1]

* Noteworthy changes in release 7.2 (2009-03-31) [stable]

** New features

  pwd now accepts the options --logical (-L) and --physical (-P).  For
  compatibility with existing scripts, -P is the default behavior
  unless POSIXLY_CORRECT is requested.

** Bug fixes

  cat once again immediately outputs data it has processed.
  Previously it would have been buffered and only output if enough
  data was read, or on process exit.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-6.0]

  comm's new --check-order option would fail to detect disorder on any pair
  of lines where one was a prefix of the other.  For example, this would
  fail to report the disorder: printf 'Xb\nX\n'>k; comm --check-order k k
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.0]

  cp once again diagnoses the invalid "cp -rl dir dir" right away,
  rather than after creating a very deep dir/dir/dir/... hierarchy.
  The bug strikes only with both --recursive (-r, -R) and --link (-l).
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.1]

  ls --sort=version (-v) sorted names beginning with "." inconsistently.
  Now, names that start with "." are always listed before those that don't.

  pr: fix the bug whereby --indent=N (-o) did not indent header lines
  [bug introduced in coreutils-6.9.90]

  sort now handles specified key ends correctly.
  Previously -k1,1b would have caused leading space from field 2 to be
  included in the sort while -k2,3.0 would have not included field 3.

** Changes in behavior

  cat,cp,install,mv,split: these programs now read and write a minimum
  of 32KiB at a time.  This was seen to double throughput when reading
  cached files on GNU/Linux-based systems.

  cp -a now tries to preserve extended attributes (xattr), but does not
  diagnose xattr-preservation failure.  However, cp --preserve=all still does.

  ls --color: hard link highlighting can be now disabled by changing the
  LS_COLORS environment variable. To disable it you can add something like
  this to your profile: eval `dircolors | sed s/hl=[^:]*:/hl=:/`

* Noteworthy changes in release 7.1 (2009-02-21) [stable]

** New features

  Add extended attribute support available on certain filesystems like ext2
  and XFS.
    cp: Tries to copy xattrs when --preserve=xattr or --preserve=all specified
    mv: Always tries to copy xattrs
    install: Never copies xattrs

  cp and mv accept a new option, --no-clobber (-n): silently refrain
  from overwriting any existing destination file

  dd accepts iflag=cio and oflag=cio to open the file in CIO (concurrent I/O)
  mode where this feature is available.

  install accepts a new option, --compare (-C): compare each pair of source
  and destination files, and if the destination has identical content and
  any specified owner, group, permissions, and possibly SELinux context, then
  do not modify the destination at all.

  ls --color now highlights hard linked files, too

  stat -f recognizes the Lustre file system type

** Bug fixes

  chgrp, chmod, chown --silent (--quiet, -f) no longer print some diagnostics
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.1]

  cp uses much less memory in some situations

  cp -a now correctly tries to preserve SELinux context (announced in 6.9.90),
  doesn't inform about failure, unlike with --preserve=all

  du --files0-from=FILE no longer reads all of FILE into RAM before
  processing the first file name

  seq 9223372036854775807 9223372036854775808 now prints only two numbers
  on systems with extended long double support and good library support.
  Even with this patch, on some systems, it still produces invalid output,
  from 3 to at least 1026 lines long. [bug introduced in coreutils-6.11]

  seq -w now accounts for a decimal point added to the last number
  to correctly print all numbers to the same width.

  wc --files0-from=FILE no longer reads all of FILE into RAM, before
  processing the first file name, unless the list of names is known
  to be small enough.

** Changes in behavior

  cp and mv: the --reply={yes,no,query} option has been removed.
  Using it has elicited a warning for the last three years.

  dd: user specified offsets that are too big are handled better.
  Previously, erroneous parameters to skip and seek could result
  in redundant reading of the file with no warnings or errors.

  du: -H (initially equivalent to --si) is now equivalent to
  --dereference-args, and thus works as POSIX requires

  shred: now does 3 overwrite passes by default rather than 25.

  ls -l now marks SELinux-only files with the less obtrusive '.',
  rather than '+'.  A file with any other combination of MAC and ACL
  is still marked with a '+'.

* 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.  I.e., to list a directory
  with very many files, ls -1U is much more efficient.

  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.

Revision 1.12 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Wed Oct 29 22:34:18 2008 UTC (15 years, 1 month ago) by tron
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CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2011Q3-base, pkgsrc-2011Q3, pkgsrc-2011Q2-base, pkgsrc-2011Q2, pkgsrc-2011Q1-base, pkgsrc-2011Q1, pkgsrc-2010Q4-base, pkgsrc-2010Q4, pkgsrc-2010Q3-base, pkgsrc-2010Q3, pkgsrc-2010Q2-base, pkgsrc-2010Q2, pkgsrc-2010Q1-base, pkgsrc-2010Q1, pkgsrc-2009Q4-base, pkgsrc-2009Q4, pkgsrc-2009Q3-base, pkgsrc-2009Q3, pkgsrc-2009Q2-base, pkgsrc-2009Q2, pkgsrc-2009Q1-base, pkgsrc-2009Q1, pkgsrc-2008Q4-base, pkgsrc-2008Q4
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Update "coreutils" package to version 6.12. Changes since version 6.11:
- chcon, runcon: --help output now includes the bug-reporting address
- cp -p copies permissions more portably.  For example, on MacOS X 10.5,
  "cp -p some-fifo some-file" no longer fails while trying to copy the
  permissions from the some-fifo argument.
- id with no options now prints the SELinux context only when invoked
  with no USERNAME argument.
- id and groups once again print the AFS-specific nameless group-ID (PAG).
  Printing of such large-numbered, kernel-only (not in /etc/group) group-IDs
  was suppressed in 6.11 due to ignorance that they are useful.
- uniq: avoid subtle field-skipping malfunction due to isblank misuse.
  In some locales on some systems, isblank(240) (aka &nbsp) is nonzero.
  On such systems, uniq --skip-fields=N would fail to skip the proper
  number of fields for some inputs.
- tac: avoid segfault with --regex (-r) and multiple files, e.g.,
  "echo > x; tac -r x x".
- install once again sets SELinux context, when possible

Revision 1.11 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Tue May 13 09:22:46 2008 UTC (15 years, 6 months ago) by tron
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2008Q3-base, pkgsrc-2008Q3, pkgsrc-2008Q2-base, pkgsrc-2008Q2, cwrapper, cube-native-xorg-base, cube-native-xorg
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Update "coreutils" package to version 6.11. Changes since version 6.10:
- "cp -fR fifo E" now succeeds with an existing E.  Before this fix, using
  -fR to copy a fifo or "special" file onto an existing file would fail
  with EEXIST.  Now, it once again unlinks the destination before trying
  to create the destination file.  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.90]
- dd once again works with unnecessary options like if=/dev/stdin and
  of=/dev/stdout.  [bug introduced in fileutils-4.0h]
- id now uses getgrouplist, when possible.  This results in
  much better performance when there are many users and/or groups.
- ls no longer segfaults on files in /proc when linked with an older version
  of libselinux.  E.g., ls -l /proc/sys would dereference a NULL pointer.
- md5sum would segfault for invalid BSD-style input, e.g.,
  echo 'MD5 (' | md5sum -c -  Now, md5sum ignores that line.
  sha1sum, sha224sum, sha384sum, and sha512sum are affected, too.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.1.0]
- md5sum -c would accept a NUL-containing checksum string like "abcd\0..."
  and would unnecessarily read and compute the checksum of the named file,
  and then compare that checksum to the invalid one: guaranteed to fail.
  Now, it recognizes that the line is not valid and skips it.
  sha1sum, sha224sum, sha384sum, and sha512sum are affected, too.
  [bug present in the original version, in coreutils-4.5.1, 1995]
- "mkdir -Z x dir" no longer segfaults when diagnosing invalid context "x"
  mkfifo and mknod would fail similarly.  Now they're fixed.
- mv would mistakenly unlink a destination file before calling rename,
  when the destination had two or more hard links.  It no longer does that.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.3.0]
- "paste -d'\' file" no longer overruns memory (heap since coreutils-5.1.2,
  stack before then) [bug present in the original version, in 1992]
- "pr -e" with a mix of backspaces and TABs no longer corrupts the heap
  [bug present in the original version, in 1992]
- "ptx -F'\' long-file-name" would overrun a malloc'd buffer and corrupt
  the heap.  That was triggered by a lone backslash (or odd number of them)
  at the end of the option argument to --flag-truncation=STRING (-F),
  --word-regexp=REGEXP (-W), or --sentence-regexp=REGEXP (-S).
- "rm -r DIR" would mistakenly declare to be "write protected" -- and
  prompt about -- full DIR-relative names longer than MIN (PATH_MAX, 8192).
- "rmdir --ignore-fail-on-non-empty" detects and ignores the failure
  in more cases when a directory is empty.
- "seq -f % 1" would issue the erroneous diagnostic "seq: memory exhausted"
  rather than reporting the invalid string format.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-6.0]
- join now verifies that the inputs are in sorted order.  This check can
  be turned off with the --nocheck-order option.
- sort accepts the new option --sort=WORD, where WORD can be one of
  general-numeric, month, numeric or random.  These are equivalent to the
  options --general-numeric-sort/-g, --month-sort/-M, --numeric-sort/-n
  and --random-sort/-R, resp.
- id and groups work around an AFS-related bug whereby those programs
  would print an invalid group number, when given no user-name argument.
- ls --color no longer outputs unnecessary escape sequences
- seq gives better diagnostics for invalid formats.
- install, mkdir, rmdir and split now write --verbose output to stdout,
  not to stderr.

Revision 1.10 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Sat Apr 12 22:43:12 2008 UTC (15 years, 7 months ago) by jlam
Branch: MAIN
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Convert to use PLIST_VARS instead of manually passing "@comment "
through PLIST_SUBST to the plist module.

Revision 1.9 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Sat Mar 8 01:06:52 2008 UTC (15 years, 8 months ago) by tnn
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2008Q1-base, pkgsrc-2008Q1
Changes since 1.8: +11 -7 lines
Diff to previous 1.8 (colored)

Update to coreutils-6.10.

New tools:
* gmktemp - GNU implementation of mktemp(1)
* gchcon  - change the SELinux security context of a file
* gruncon - run a program in a different SELinux security context

Programs now default disabled by upstream (thus not installed):
* ghostname
* gsu (XXX: could make this a PKG_OPTION if requested)

Also assorted bugfixes.

Revision 1.8 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Wed Jul 18 11:25:19 2007 UTC (16 years, 4 months ago) by tnn
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2007Q4-base, pkgsrc-2007Q4, pkgsrc-2007Q3-base, pkgsrc-2007Q3
Changes since 1.7: +19 -3 lines
Diff to previous 1.7 (colored)

Update to coreutils-6.9 and reset maintainer to tech-pkg@
This is a major update from 5.2.1 and the ChangeLog is far too long to
include here. The update includes many bugfixes, POSIX.1 conformance fixes,
various GNU extensions to command line syntax, translations and some new
tools: gbase64, gsha224sum, gsha256sum, gsha384sum, gsha512sum, gshuf.

Revision 1.7 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Mon Apr 17 07:07:33 2006 UTC (17 years, 7 months ago) by jlam
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2007Q2-base, pkgsrc-2007Q2, pkgsrc-2007Q1-base, pkgsrc-2007Q1, pkgsrc-2006Q4-base, pkgsrc-2006Q4, pkgsrc-2006Q3-base, pkgsrc-2006Q3, pkgsrc-2006Q2-base, pkgsrc-2006Q2
Changes since 1.6: +65 -65 lines
Diff to previous 1.6 (colored)

Strip ${PKGLOCALEDIR} from PLISTs of packages that already obey
PKGLOCALEDIR and which install their locale files directly under
${PREFIX}/${PKGLOCALEDIR} and sort the PLIST file entries.  From now
on, pkgsrc/mk/plist/plist-locale.awk will automatically handle
transforming the PLIST to refer to the correct locale directory.

Revision 1.6 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Fri Apr 7 19:54:16 2006 UTC (17 years, 7 months ago) by jlam
Branch: MAIN
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List info files directly in the PLIST and honor PKG{INFO,MAN}DIR.

Revision 1.5 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Mon Mar 21 14:44:08 2005 UTC (18 years, 8 months ago) by tv
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2006Q1-base, pkgsrc-2006Q1, pkgsrc-2005Q4-base, pkgsrc-2005Q4, pkgsrc-2005Q3-base, pkgsrc-2005Q3, pkgsrc-2005Q2-base, pkgsrc-2005Q2, pkgsrc-2005Q1-base, pkgsrc-2005Q1
Changes since 1.4: +2 -2 lines
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Make build and run on Interix:

* Add check for sync(2) and setgroups(3), and don't use these if they
  don't exist on the host.

* Interix has a ... Special ... way of doing the "su" thing.

* Implement Interix-specific portion of mountlist.c.

Revision 1.4 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Mon Dec 6 16:00:57 2004 UTC (18 years, 11 months ago) by adam
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2004Q4-base, pkgsrc-2004Q4
Changes since 1.3: +65 -1 lines
Diff to previous 1.3 (colored)

Fixed PLIST to include locale

Revision 1.3 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Sun Feb 22 21:32:18 2004 UTC (19 years, 9 months ago) by recht
Branch: MAIN
CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2004Q3-base, pkgsrc-2004Q3, pkgsrc-2004Q2-base, pkgsrc-2004Q2, pkgsrc-2004Q1-base, pkgsrc-2004Q1
Changes since 1.2: +3 -3 lines
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update to 5.2.0

many fixes/new features, among them:

- nohup now always exits with status 127 when it finds an error,
  as POSIX requires; formerly it sometimes exited with status 1.

- Several programs (including cut, date, dd, env, hostname, nl, pr,
  stty, and tr) now always exit with status 1 when they find an error;
  formerly they sometimes exited with status 2.

- chgrp and chown now accept POSIX-mandated -L, -H, and -P options

- du now accepts -P (--no-dereference), for compatibility with du
  of NetBSD and for consistency with e.g., chown and chgrp

- date accepts a new option --rfc-2822, an alias for --rfc-822.

- `sha1sum --check' now accepts the BSD format for SHA1 message digests
  in addition to the BSD format for MD5 ones.

- md5sum --check now accepts the output of the BSD md5sum program, e.g.,
  MD5 (f) = d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e

- date -d DATE can now parse a DATE string like May-23-2003

- chown: `.' is no longer recognized as a separator in the OWNER:GROUP
  specifier on POSIX 1003.1-2001 systems.  If chown *was not* compiled
  on such a system, then it still accepts `.', by default.  If chown
  was compiled on a POSIX 1003.1-2001 system, then you may enable the
  old behavior by setting _POSIX2_VERSION=199209 in your environment.

(see NEWS for a complete list)

Revision 1.2 / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs], Tue Aug 5 13:59:58 2003 UTC (20 years, 4 months ago) by seb
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CVS Tags: pkgsrc-2003Q4-base, pkgsrc-2003Q4
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Revision / (download) - annotate - [select for diffs] (vendor branch), Thu Apr 10 13:18:36 2003 UTC (20 years, 7 months ago) by wiz
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CVS Tags: pkgsrc-base
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Initial import of coreutils-5.0, from Marc Recht via pkgsrc-wip.
The GNU Core Utilities are the basic file, shell and text manipulation
utilities of the GNU operating system. These are the core utilities which
are expected to exist on every operating system. 

Previously these utilities were offered as three individual sets of GNU
utilities, fileutils, shellutils, and textutils. Those three have been
combined into a single set of utilities called the coreutils. 

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