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coreutils-8.11 released [stable]

Item posted by Jim Meyering <meyering> on Wed 13 Apr 2011 08:43:15 PM UTC.

This is to announce coreutils-8.11, a stable release.

This time we have an interesting variety of bug fixes,
two new features for "dd", and a few "changes in behavior".
See NEWS below for a brief summary.

Jim [on behalf of the coreutils maintainers]

P.S. here's the GNU Coreutils home page:

For a summary of changes and contributors, see:;a=shortlog;h=v8.11
or run this command from a git-cloned coreutils directory:
  git shortlog v8.10..v8.11

To summarize the many gnulib-related changes, run these commands from
a git-cloned coreutils directory:
  git checkout v8.11
  git submodule summary v8.10

Here are the compressed sources:   (11MB)   (4.7MB)

Here are the GPG detached signatures[*]:

To reduce load on the main server, use a mirror listed at:

[*] You can use either of the above signature files to verify that
the corresponding file (without the .sig suffix) is intact.  First,
be sure to download both the .sig file and the corresponding tarball.
Then, run a command like this:

  gpg --verify coreutils-8.11.tar.gz.sig

If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 000BEEEE

and rerun the `gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.68.71-af300
  Automake 1.11a
  Gnulib v0.0-5115-ga81348d
  Bison 2.4.559-6769


* Noteworthy changes in release 8.11 (2011-04-13) [stable]

** Bug fixes

  cp -a --link would not create a hardlink to a symlink, instead
  copying the symlink and then not preserving its timestamp.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.0]

  cp now avoids FIEMAP issues with BTRFS before Linux 2.6.38,
  which could result in corrupt copies of sparse files.
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.10]

  cut could segfault when invoked with a user-specified output
  delimiter and an unbounded range like "-f1234567890-".
  [bug introduced in coreutils-5.3.0]

  du would infloop when given --files0-from=DIR
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.1]

  sort no longer spawns 7 worker threads to sort 16 lines
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.6]

  touch built on Solaris 9 would segfault when run on Solaris 10
  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.8]

  wc would dereference a NULL pointer upon an early out-of-memory error
  [bug introduced in coreutils-7.1]

** New features

  dd now accepts the 'nocache' flag to the iflag and oflag options,
  which will discard any cache associated with the files, or
  processed portion thereof.

  dd now warns that 'iflag=fullblock' should be used,
  in various cases where partial reads can cause issues.

** Changes in behavior

  cp now avoids syncing files when possible, when doing a FIEMAP copy.
  The sync is only needed on Linux kernels before 2.6.39.
  [The sync was introduced in coreutils-8.10]

  cp now copies empty extents efficiently, when doing a FIEMAP copy.
  It no longer reads the zero bytes from the input, and also can efficiently
  create a hole in the output file when --sparse=always is specified.

  df now aligns columns consistently, and no longer wraps entries
  with longer device identifiers, over two lines.

  install now rejects its long-deprecated --preserve_context option.
  Use --preserve-context instead.

  test now accepts "==" as a synonym for "="

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