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Findutils 4.2.20 is now available on

From: James Youngman
Subject: Findutils 4.2.20 is now available on
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 12:36:15 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.3.28i

I am pleased to announce the release of version 4.2.20 of GNU
findutils.  This is another bugfix release; the list of bugs fixes
appears below.

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".

This is a "stable" release of findutils.  It can be downloaded from  The site is very
busy, so you may find it more convenient to download findutils from
one of the mirror sites listed at

The previous stable release of findutils was 4.2.18 (version 4.2.19
was available only on  The 'recent changes' described
below include all the significant changes made since the 4.2.18

More information about findutils is available at

Bugs in GNU findutils should be reported to the findutils bug tracker
at  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  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  I think that one works.  See also the
"Downloading" section of

* Major changes in release 4.2.20

** Internationalization and Localization
   Updated Vietnamese and Dutch translations.

** Bug Fixes

   Minor bugfix affecting only those who compile from the CVS
   repository, as opposed to those who compile from the source

* Major changes in release 4.2.19

** Bug Fixes

   find should now no longer hang on systems which lack the O_NOFOLLOW
   flag to open(2) and which are clients of an unresponsive NFS server
   (Savannah bug #12044).

   We now avoid inappropriately failing for "find -L foo" or "find -H
   foo" if foo is a symbolic link (Savannah bug #12181).  Previously
   we used to fail with the error message "Too many levels of symbolic
   "find . -false -exec foo {} +" no longer runs an extra instance of
   foo when find exits (Savannah bug #12230).
   If the chdir() safety check fails but we can no longer get back to
   where we started, exit with an explanatory (fatal) error message.
   This does not happen on GNU/Linux and FreeBSD because the safety
   check is not needed (the security problem the safety check protects
   against is prevented in a cleaner way on those systems).
   "make distclean" no longer deletes regex.c (which "make all"

**  Functionality Changes

   "find -printf "%h\n" will now print "." for files in the current
   directory.  Previously it printed nothing (but there was a bug in
   the %h implementation anyway).  This fixes Savannah bug #12085.
   Should now build (again) on non-C99-compliant systems.

** Documentation enhancements

   Fixed some typos and clarified wording in "Working with

** Internationalization and Localization

   New Vietnamese message translation.

James Youngman <address@hidden>
GNU findutils maintainer

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