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[Bug-ed] GNU ed 1.20-pre3 released

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: [Bug-ed] GNU ed 1.20-pre3 released
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2023 16:36:31 +0100
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GNU ed 1.20-pre3 is ready for testing here

The sha256sum is:
813cb9c80e7d3b641e72fdf26909641967c2bacd70168bafcdc52c5e2f5035e5 ed-1.20-pre3.tar.lz

Please, test it and report any bugs you find.

GNU ed is a line-oriented text editor. It is used to create, display, modify and otherwise manipulate text files, both interactively and via shell scripts. A restricted version of ed, red, can only edit files in the current directory and cannot execute shell commands. Ed is the "standard" text editor in the sense that it is the original editor for Unix, and thus widely available. For most purposes, however, it is superseded by full-screen editors such as GNU Emacs or GNU Moe.

The homepage is at http://www.gnu.org/software/ed/ed.html

Changes in this version:

* File names containing control characters 1 to 31 are now rejected unless they are allowed with the command-line option '--unsafe-names'.

* File names containing control characters 1 to 31 are now printed using octal escape sequences.

  * Ed now rejects file names ending with a slash.

* Intervening commands that don't set the modified flag no longer make a second 'e' or 'q' command fail with a 'buffer modified' warning.

* Tilde expansion is now performed on file names supplied to commands; if a file name starts with '~/', the tilde (~) is expanded to the contents of the variable HOME. (Suggested by John Cowan).

* Ed now warns once the first time that a command modifies a buffer loaded from a read-only file. (Suggested by Dan Jacobson).

  * Ed now creates missing intermediate directories when writing to a file.

* It has been documented that 'e' creates an empty buffer if file does not exist.

* It has been documented that 'f' sets the default filename, whether or not its argument names an existing file.

Antonio Diaz, GNU ed maintainer.

If you are using gzip, bzip2, or xz, please consider the long-term advantages of switching to lzip.
See http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/lzip_benchmark.html
http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/manual/lzip_manual.html#Quality-assurance and
http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/safety_of_the_lzip_format.html Thanks.

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