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Version 1.6 of GNU ddrescue released

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: Version 1.6 of GNU ddrescue released
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 15:42:32 +0100
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I am pleased to announce the release of GNU ddrescue 1.6.

GNU ddrescue is a data recovery tool.

The homepage is at

The sources can be dowloaded from or
from your favorite GNU mirror.

The md5sum is:
490019589d2571ee98424eaa1bcc6bf7  ddrescue-1.6.tar.bz2

This release is also GPG signed. You can download the signature by
appending ".sig" to the URL.

Changes in version 1.6:

* A major code reorganization has been undertaken.

* This version skips faster over damaged areas after two consecutive
errors have been encountered.

* A new pass has been added that trims error areas backward before splitting.

* Support for sparse writes to the output file has been added.

* Blocks longer than sector size are now split at sector boundaries.

* The new option "--fill" has been added.

* The new chapter "Fill Mode" has been added to the manual.

* A "current status" line has been added to the logfile.

* This version can resume an interrupted retry pass instead of reinitiating it.

* This version achieves perfect resumability if interrupted during trimming or splitting.

* Handle also SIGHUP and SIGTERM (like SIGINT) to allow clean interrupt on connection loss or system shutdown.

* The "--quiet" option also quiets error messages.

* Print a more informative error message when reading an old logfile.

* A note has been added to the manual about old logfiles.

* Consistency checks have been added to detect possible bugs.

Please send bug reports and suggestions to address@hidden

Antonio Diaz, GNU ddrescue author and maintainer.

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