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tar-1.28 released [stable]

From: Sergey Poznyakoff
Subject: tar-1.28 released [stable]
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:29:33 -2100


I am pleased to inform you that the new stable release of GNU tar is
available for download.  See the end of this message for the list of
new features in this release.

Here are the compressed sources:   (3.7MB)   (2.6MB)   (1.9MB)   (3.7MB)

Here are the GPG detached signatures[*]:

Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:

Here are the MD5 and SHA1 checksums:

6ea3dbea1f2b0409b234048e021a9fd7  tar-1.28.tar.gz
8f32b2bc1ed7ddf4cf4e4a39711341b0  tar-1.28.tar.bz2
49b6306167724fe48f419a33a5beb857  tar-1.28.tar.xz
d724d10e32a90b301c327d94fc10bac7  tar-1.28.cpio.gz
cd30a13bbfefb54b17e039be7c43d2592dd3d5d0  tar-1.28.tar.gz
668ea52014ef7e70afc4ff7324410ee32f2970ef  tar-1.28.tar.bz2
40f3470a96b80749531fe48dbba99e43b6dfa7d3  tar-1.28.tar.xz
89039e9f9b6f6f058e5db1a56389e267bdc294f7  tar-1.28.cpio.gz

[*] 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 tar-1.28.tar.gz.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 55D0C732

and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.69
  Automake 1.14
  Makeinfo 4.13
  Gnulib v0.1-182-g648f4ae

Noteworthy changes in this release:

* New checkpoint action: totals

The --checkpoint-action=totals option instructs tar to output the
total number of bytes transferred at each checkpoint.

* Extended checkpoint format specification.

New conversion specifiers are implemented.  Some of them take
optional arguments, supplied in curly braces between the percent
sign and the specifier letter.

  %d        -  Number of seconds since tar started.
  %{r,w,d}T -  I/O totals; optional arguments supply prefixes
               to be used before number of bytes read, written and
               deleted, correspondingly.
  %{FMT}t   -  Current local time using FMT as strftime(3) format.
               If {FMT} is omitted, use %c.
  %{N}*     -  Pad output with spaces to the Nth column, or to the 
               current screen width, if {N} is not given.
  %c        -  A shortcut for "%{%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S}t: %ds, %{read,wrote}T%*\r"

* New option --one-top-level

The option --one-top-level tells tar to extract all files into a
subdirectory named by the base name of the archive (minus standard
compression suffixes recognizable by --auto-compress).  When used with
an argument, as in --one-top-level=DIR, the files are extracted into the
supplied DIRectory.  This ensures that no archive members are
extracted outside of the specified directory, even if the archive is
crafted so as to put them elsewhere.

* New option --sort

The --sort=ORDER option instructs tar to sort directory entries
according to ORDER.  It takes effect when creating archives.
Available ORDERs are: none (the default), name and inode.  The
latter may be absent, if the underlying system does not provide
the necessary information.

Using --sort=name ensures the member ordering in the created archive
is uniform and reproducible.  Using --sort=inode reduces the number
of disk seeks made when creating the archive and thus can considerably
speed up archivation.

* New exclusion options

  --exclude-ignore=FILE   Before dumping a directory check if it
                          contains FILE, and if so read exclude
                          patterns for this directory from FILE.
                          Same as above, but the exclusion patterns
                          read from FILE remain in effect for any
                          subdirectory, recursively.
  --exclude-vcs-ignores   Read exclude tags from VCS ignore files,
                          where such files exist.  Supported VCS's
                          are: CVS, Git, Bazaar, Mercurial.

* Tar refuses to read archives from and write them to a tty device.

* Manpages

This release includes official tar(1) and rmt(8) manpages.
Distribution maintainers are kindly asked to use these instead of the
home-made pages they have been providing so far.


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