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coreutils-5.2.1 released (stable)

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: coreutils-5.2.1 released (stable)
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 22:21:56 +0100

I am happy to announce a stable release of the GNU coreutils.
The GNU coreutils package is the combination of and replacement
for the fileutils, sh-utils, and textutils packages.
This package contains the following programs:

  [ basename cat chgrp chmod chown chroot cksum comm cp csplit cut date
  dd df dir dircolors dirname du echo env expand expr factor false fmt
  fold groups head hostid hostname id install join kill link ln logname
  ls md5sum mkdir mkfifo mknod mv nice nl nohup od paste pathchk pinky pr
  printenv printf ptx pwd readlink rm rmdir seq sha1sum shred sleep sort
  split stat stty su sum sync tac tail tee test touch tr true tsort tty
  uname unexpand uniq unlink uptime users vdir wc who whoami yes

I consider this to be a bug-fix-only release, in spite of the item listed
under `New features' below.  Special thanks to Paul Eggert for all of his
patches and to Dmitri V. Levin for the nohup fix.  See the ChangeLog files
for complete details.

Here are the compressed sources:   (6.3MB)   (4.1MB)   (6.3MB)   (4.1MB)

Here are the xdelta-style diffs:   (304KB)   (304KB)

Here are the GPG detached signatures:

Here are the MD5 and SHA1 signatures:

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* Major changes in release 5.2.1 (2004-03-12) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  mv could mistakenly fail to preserve hard links when moving two
  or more arguments between partitions.

  `cp --sparse=always F /dev/hdx' no longer tries to use lseek to create
  holes in the destination.

  nohup now sets the close-on-exec flag for its copy of the stderr file
  descriptor.  This avoids some nohup-induced hangs.  For example, before
  this change, if you ran `ssh localhost', then `nohup sleep 600 </dev/null &',
  and then exited that remote shell, the ssh session would hang until the
  10-minute sleep terminated.  With the fixed nohup, the ssh session
  terminates immediately.

  `expr' now conforms to POSIX better:

    Integers like -0 and 00 are now treated as zero.

    The `|' operator now returns 0, not its first argument, if both
    arguments are null or zero.  E.g., `expr "" \| ""' now returns 0,
    not the empty string.

    The `|' and `&' operators now use short-circuit evaluation, e.g.,
    `expr 1 \| 1 / 0' no longer reports a division by zero.

** New features

  `chown file' now has its traditional meaning even when
  conforming to POSIX 1003.1-2001, so long as no user has a name
  containing `.' that happens to equal `'.

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