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GNU ed 1.14.1 released
Antonio Diaz Diaz
GNU ed 1.14.1 released
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:04:59 +0100
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I am pleased to announce the release of GNU ed 1.14.1.
GNU ed is an 8-bit clean, more or less POSIX-compliant implementation of
the standard Unix line editor.
The homepage is at http://www.gnu.org/software/ed/ed.html
The sources can be downloaded from http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ed/
http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/ed/ or from your favorite GNU
The sha1sum is:
This release is also GPG signed. You can download the signature by
appending ".sig" to the URL.
Changes in version 1.14.1:
(This stable version is numbered 1.14.1 because a bug making ed crash
with some malformed commands was discovered after releasing 1.14, but
before announcing it. Thanks to Hanno Böck for reporting this bug).
* Version 1.14 is the largest bug hunt ever attempted in GNU ed. Other
goals of version 1.14 are to complete the documentation and to remove
any gratuitous incompatibilities with the POSIX standard. Thanks to Ori
Avtalion for initiating all this with a couple bug reports. ;-)
* Byte counts, informative messages, command error messages, and the
'?' and '!' prompts are now written to stdout instead of to stderr. The
standard error (stderr) is now used only for diagnostic messages.
* The current address is now correctly set to the addressed line
after an empty insert command.
* Inconsistent behavior of the substitute command has been fixed. It
incorrectly reported 'Invalid pattern delimiter' when the two last
delimiters were omitted after a null regular expression. Now it
consistently reports 'Missing pattern delimiter' if the two last
delimiters are omitted after any regular expression (null or not).
* 's/a/%' has been fixed. It incorrectly replaced 'a' with '%'
instead of using the replacement from the last substitution.
* An infinite loop, happening when EOF was found in the middle of a
replacement string, has been fixed.
* Ed no longer accepts newlines in the replacement of a 's' command
if it is part of the command list of a global command, because in this
case the meaning of the newline becomes ambiguous. For the same reason,
the last delimiter can't be omitted if the 's' command is not the last
command in the command list.
* The substitute command now correctly sets the current address to
the address of the last line on which a substitution occurred, and
leaves it unchanged if no substitution is performed.
* A bug in the calculation of address offsets has been fixed. '3 ----
2' was calculated as address -2 instead of the correct address 1.
* Address ranges with the first address omitted are now accepted.
* The current address is now correctly set to the addressed line (or
to the new last line if at EOF) after an empty replacement text in the
* Repeated print suffixes are now rejected. It has been documented
that ed allows any combination of non-repeated print suffixes and
combines their effects.
* The substitute command now accepts suffixes in any order.
* The 'repeat substitution' command now rejects multiple count suffixes.
* The 'p' suffix of the 'repeat substitution' command now toggles all
the print suffixes of the last substitution.
* End of file on standard input now behaves as a 'q' command.
* The modified status is no longer cleared after writing the buffer
to the standard input of a shell command. (Reported by Jérôme Frgacic).
* The descriptions of the 'a', 'c', 'e', 'g', 'i', 'j', 'k', 'm',
'q', 'r', 's', 'u' and 'w' commands in the manual have been fixed.
* Most tests in the testsuite have been improved. Bug reporting has
been simplified; only the failed logs and results are kept in the test
directory, which can then be (tarred, compressed, and) attached to the
Please send bug reports and suggestions to address@hidden
Antonio Diaz, GNU ed maintainer.
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