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GNU findutils 4.2.29 is now available on ftp.gnu.org

From: James Youngman
Subject: GNU findutils 4.2.29 is now available on ftp.gnu.org
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2006 19:01:19 +0000

I am pleased to announce the release of version 4.2.29 of GNU

GNU findutils is a set of software tools for finding files that match
certain criteria and for performing various operations on them.
Findutils includes the programs "find", "xargs" and "locate".  More
information about findutils is available at

This is a "stable" release of findutils.  It can be downloaded from
ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/findutils.  The ftp.gnu.org site is very
busy, so you may find it more convenient to download findutils from
one of the mirror sites listed at http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html.

This release includes a range of changes, including bugfixes,
documentation improvements and small functional changes.  All the
changes since the previous stable release are summarised below.

Bugs in GNU findutils should be reported to the findutils bug tracker
at http://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=findutils.  Reporting bugs via
the web interface will ensure that you are automatically informed when
the bug has been fixed.  General discussion of findutils takes place
on the bug-findutils mailing list.  To join the 'bug-findutils'
mailing list, send email to <address@hidden>.

To verify the GPG signature of the release, you will need the public
key of the findutils maintainer, James Youngman.  You can download
this from http://savannah.gnu.org/users/jay.  Alternatively, you
could query a PGP keyserver, but you will need to use one that can
cope with subkeys containing photos.  Many older key servers cannot do
this.  I use subkeys.pgp.net.  I think that one works.  See also the
"Downloading" section of http://www.gnu.org/software/findutils/.

I would like to thank Chris Evans, Tavis Ormandy, Rob Holland, Sylvain
Bertrand, WANG Yunfeng, Eric Blake, Jim Meyering and Andreas Metzler
as well as the members of the bug-findutils mailing list for their
help in preparing this release.

* Major changes in release 4.2.29

** Documentation Fixes

The global effect of options (other than -daystart and -follow) is now
explained more clearly in the manual page.   Savannah bug #15360.

** Bug Fixes

#17782: find -execdir now correctly puts the prefix "./" before the
expansion of "{}" rather than at the start of the argument it appears
in.  Please note that if you use the -exec or -execdir actions with a
shell, then you may be vulnerable to shell code injection attacks, so
don't do that.  It's not a security defect in find - you should not be
passing untrusted data (such as file names chosen by other people) to
the shell.

#17477: find -printf '%' (that is, where the format has a trailing %)
now generates an error message.

James Youngman <address@hidden>
GNU findutils maintainer

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