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GNU findutils 4.8.0 released

Item posted by Bernhard Voelker <berny> on Sat 09 Jan 2021 07:09:34 PM UTC.

This is to announce findutils-4.8.0, a stable release.
See the NEWS below for more details.

GNU findutils is a set of software tools for finding files that match
certain criteria and for performing various operations on them.
Findutils includes the programs "find", "xargs" and "locate".
More information about findutils is available at:

Please report bugs and problems with this release via the the
GNU Savannah bug tracker:

Please send general comments and feedback about the GNU findutils
package to the mailing list (<

There have been 96 commits by 8 people in the 71 weeks since 4.7.0:
  Andreas Metzler (5)             James Youngman (7)
  Bernhard Voelker (78)           Kamil Dudka (1)
  Bjarni Ingi Gislason (2)        Kim Thor (1)
  Hugo Gabriel Eyherabide (1)     Peter Frost (1)

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
   Autoconf 2.69
   Automake 1.16.2
   M4 1.4.18
   Gnulib v0.1-4349-g8ed1d1f9f

Please consider supporting the Free Software Foundation in its fund
raising appeal; see <>.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed!

Have a nice day,
Bernhard Voelker [on behalf of the GNU findutils maintainers]


Here are the compressed sources:

Here are the GPG detached signatures[*]:

Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:

Here is the SHA1 checksum:

  b702a37d3a33038102659777ba1fe99835bb19fe  findutils-4.8.0.tar.xz

[*] Use a .sig 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 a command like this:

gpg --verify findutils-4.8.0.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 A5189DB69C1164D33002936646502EF796917195

and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.



  • Upcoming changes

For consistency with planned changes to POSIX, the semantics of 'find -mount'
may be different from that of 'find -xdev' in future releases.

  • Noteworthy changes in release 4.8.0 (2020-01-09) [stable]
    • Changes in xargs

'xargs -t' no longer outputs a trailing blank to stderr after the last argument
of each constructed command line to be executed.  [#57291]

xargs now warns when more than one of the conflicting options --max-lines (-L,
-l), --replace (-i/-I) and --max-args (-n) are specified on the command line.

    • Bug Fixes

find no longer crashes when an XFS filesystem is heavily changed during the run.
Discussed at: <>

find -used works again.  This predicate was not working properly since adding
the support for sub-second timestamp resolution for various predicates in
FINDUTILS_4_3_3-1 back in 2007.
Discussed at: <>

    • Improvements

'find -D exec' now diagnoses all -exec, -execdir, -ok and -okdir runs including
the call arguments and the exit code of the launched process. [#59083]

    • Documentation Changes

The documentation of 'find -printf %Ak' has been improved: it now refers to the
strftime(3) documentation for a complete list of supported conversion
specifiers, and documents the 'F' conversion specifier ('yyyy-mm-dd').

The man pages (find.1, locate.1, locatedb.5, updatedb.1, and xargs.1) now
consistently end with the sections "REPORTING BUGS", "COPYRIGHT" and "SEE ALSO",
with the latter referring to the online page on the GNU web server.

The "EXAMPLES" section in the find.1 man page now shows the examples in a better
structure and uses consistent formatting.

Various man page fixes - syntax issues and typos.
[#59745, #59330, #59012, #58193, #57807, #57775]

Other documentation changes:

#58654: doc: clarify that 'find -perm +MODE' is unrelated to umask

#58458: doc: improve section 'Hard links', especially fix the description
        regarding 'find -L -samefile FILE'.

#58205: find.1: clarify double dash '--' option

#58149: 'xargs --help' now mentions that --replace (-I, -i) splits the input
        at newline characters.

#57025: doc: enhance description of tests accepting numeric arguments in find.1
        [see also #49640].

#54730: Add additional valuable example of find -quit

#48135: Fix testsuite error on Hurd and BSD related to ln

#35253: Clarify descriptions of -printf %f, %h.

    • Changes to the build process

The configure option --without-fts has been removed.  The attempt to use
it stopped configure with an error message since 4.5.18 (2015) anyway.


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