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coreutils-8.14 released [stable]

Item posted by Jim Meyering <meyering> on Wed 12 Oct 2011 12:54:17 PM UTC.

This is to announce coreutils-8.14, a stable release.

With three bug fixes in less than a month, one for a regression
introduced in coreutils-8.13, it was time for a new release.

See the NEWS below for a brief summary.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed!

Jim [on behalf of the coreutils maintainers]

Here is the GNU Coreutils home page:

For a summary of changes and contributors, see:;a=shortlog;h=v8.14
or run this command from a git-cloned coreutils directory:
git shortlog v8.13..v8.14

To summarize the many gnulib-related changes, run these commands from
a git-cloned coreutils directory:
git checkout v8.14
git submodule summary v8.13

Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature[*]: (4.8MB)

You might get higher bandwidth via a mirror:

[*] You can use the above signature file 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 this command:

gpg --verify coreutils-8.14.tar.xz.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 2.68.79-5e017
Automake 1.11a
Gnulib v0.0-6453-g6a4c64c
Bison 2.4.609-f3bd


* Noteworthy changes in release 8.14 (2011-10-12) [stable]

** Bug fixes

ls --dereference no longer outputs erroneous "argetm" strings for
dangling symlinks when an 'ln=target' entry is in $LS_COLORS.
[bug introduced in fileutils-4.0]

ls -lL symlink once again properly prints "+" when the referent has an ACL.
[bug introduced in coreutils-8.13]

sort -g no longer infloops for certain inputs containing NaNs
[bug introduced in coreutils-8.5]

** Improvements

md5sum --check now supports the -r format from the corresponding BSD tool.
This also affects sha1sum, sha224sum, sha384sum and sha512sum.

pwd now works also on systems without openat. On such systems, pwd
would fail when run from a directory whose absolute name contained
more than PATH_MAX / 3 components. The df, stat and readlink programs
are also affected due to their use of the canonicalize_* functions.

** Changes in behavior

timeout now only processes the first signal received from the set
it is handling (SIGTERM, SIGINT, ...). This is to support systems that
implicitly create threads for some timer functions (like GNU/kFreeBSD).

** Build-related

"make dist" no longer builds .tar.gz files.
xz is portable enough and in wide-enough use that distributing
only .tar.xz files is enough.

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