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Version 1.6 of GNU ed released

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: Version 1.6 of GNU ed released
Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2012 17:18:39 +0100
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I am pleased to announce the release of GNU ed 1.6.

GNU ed is an 8-bit clean, more or less POSIX-compliant implementation of the standard Unix line editor.

The homepage is at

The sources can be downloaded from or from your favorite GNU mirror.

This version is also available in lzip format. If your distro doesn't yet distribute the lzip program, you can download it from

The md5sums are:
9a78593decccaa889523aa4bb555ed4b  ed-1.6.tar.gz
e3d4dcfd260b2ebb2855c86ffca1947f  ed-1.6.tar.lz

This release is also GPG signed. You can download the signature by appending ".sig" to the URL.

Changes in version 1.6:

  * Displaying of null characters by the "l" command has been fixed.

* The condition deciding when to show the message "Newline appended" has been corrected.

* The "modified" flag is now set when reading a non-empty file into an empty buffer.

* An error that prevented using NUL characters in regular expressions has been fixed.

* Ed now signals an error if it can't create a shell process when executing a shell command.

  * Ed now flushes stdout/stderr before reading a new command.

* Man page is now generated with "help2man". All command-line options are now documented in the man page.

* The copyright notices of Andrew L. Moore have been restored. It seems Andrew granted some permissions but never assigned copyright to the FSF.

Please send bug reports and suggestions to address@hidden

If you are packaging ed for a distribution, please, try to use the lzipped source tarball, as this can improve the support for the lzip format in packaging systems. Thanks.

Antonio Diaz, GNU ed maintainer.

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