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GNU tar test version 1.13.18 available

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: GNU tar test version 1.13.18 available
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2000 23:19:45 -0800 (PST)

GNU tar test version 1.13.18 is now available, at:

This is primarily a bugfix/compatibility version; new features will be
deferred until after 1.14 is out.  One known remaining problem is that
file name matching is still not what users always want or expect,
i.e. it still works just as badly as it does in 1.13.17.  We're
thinking of adding a new option to control file name matching, since
no matter what the default behavior is, it'll be wrong for somebody.

If you know of other important problems that are not yet fixed in
1.13.18, please let me know.  Also, if you prefer not to know about
new tar test versions, please let me know.

>From the NEWS file:

version 1.13.18 - Paul Eggert, 2000-10-29

* Some security problems have been fixed.  `tar -x' now modifies only
  files under the working directory, unless you also specify an unsafe
  option like --absolute-names or --overwrite.

* The short name of the --bzip option has been changed to -j,
  and -I is now an alias for -T, for compatibility with Solaris tar.

* The manual is now distributed under the GNU Free Documentation License.

* The new environment variable TAR_OPTIONS holds default command-line options.

* The --no-recursion option now affects extraction too.

* The wording in some diagnostics has been changed slightly.

* Snapshot files now record whether each file was accessed via NFS.
  The new file format is upward- and downward-compatible with the old.

* New language supported: da.

* Compilation by traditional (K&R) C compilers is no longer supported.
  If you still use such a compiler, please use GCC instead.

* This version of tar works best with GNU gzip test version 1.3 or later.
  Please see <ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/gzip/>.
* `tar --delete -f -' now works again.

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