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Re: coreutils-5.92 released [stable]

From: Dmitry V. Levin
Subject: Re: coreutils-5.92 released [stable]
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 16:27:44 +0400

On Sun, Oct 23, 2005 at 11:07:59AM +0200, Jim Meyering wrote:
> ** Binary input and output are now implemented more consistently.
>   These changes affect only platforms like MS-DOS that distinguish
>   between binary and text files.

Unfortunately, these changes affect GNU/Linux, too.

>   md5sum and sha1sum now obey the -b or --binary option, even if
>   standard input is a terminal, and they no longer report files to be
>   binary if they actually read them in text mode.

On GNU/Linux, O_BINARY is 0 and default mode is binary.
As result, by default a character indicating type is now "*" instead of
previous " ", and this change breaks third party scripts which relay on
old md5sum/sha1sum output format.


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