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GNU ed 1.19 released
Antonio Diaz Diaz
GNU ed 1.19 released
Sat, 14 Jan 2023 18:40:43 +0100
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I am pleased to announce the release of GNU ed 1.19.
GNU ed is a line-oriented text editor. It is used to create, display, modify
and otherwise manipulate text files, both interactively and via shell
scripts. A restricted version of ed, red, can only edit files in the current
directory and cannot execute shell commands. Ed is the 'standard' text
editor in the sense that it is the original editor for Unix, and thus widely
available. For most purposes, however, it is superseded by full-screen
editors such as GNU Emacs or GNU Moe.
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 mirror.
The sha256sum is:
This release is also GPG signed. You can download the signature by appending
'.sig' to the URL. If the 'gpg --verify' command fails because you don't
have the required public key, then run this command to import it:
gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys 8FE99503132D7742
Key fingerprint = 1D41 C14B 272A 2219 A739 FA4F 8FE9 9503 132D 7742
Changes in version 1.19:
* Reading a non-existent file with commands 'e' or 'E' did set the
'modified' flag, which prevented a following 'e' command from succeeding.
(Reported by Harry Graf).
* The long name of option '-s' has been changed to '--script'. Option
'-s' now only suppresses byte counts and the '!' prompt as mandated by
POSIX. It no longer suppresses diagnostic messages written to stderr. (Both
changes suggested by Andrew L. Moore).
* The short name '-q' has been assigned to options '--quiet' and
'--silent'. Option '-q' now only suppresses diagnostic messages written to
* The help message showing the line where a script error happened when
ed's input is from a regular file is now printed to stdout instead of stderr
because it is enabled by the 'H' command.
* Ed no longer processes file names for backslash escapes. (Suggested by
Andrew L. Moore).
* It has been documented in the manual that address 0 is valid as a
starting point for searches so that '0;/RE/' can match the regular
expression RE in the first line of the buffer.
* It has been documented in the manual how to achieve the effect of ex
style '!' filtering with a sequence of commands.
Please send bug reports and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Antonio Diaz, GNU ed maintainer.
If you care about data safety and long-term archiving, please consider using
lzip. See http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/lzip_benchmark.html
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