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gzip-1.6 released [stable]

Item posted by Jim Meyering <meyering> on Sun 09 Jun 2013 11:56:32 PM UTC.

This is to announce gzip-1.6, a stable release.

There have been 35 commits by 4 people in the 51 weeks since 1.5.

See the NEWS below for a brief summary.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed!
The following people contributed changes to this release:

  Eric Blake (1)
  Jim Meyering (15)
  Paul Eggert (18)
  Rodrigo Campos (1)

Jim [on behalf of the gzip maintainers]
Here is the GNU gzip home page:

For a summary of changes and contributors, see:;a=shortlog;h=v1.6
or run this command from a git-cloned gzip directory:
  git shortlog v1.5..v1.6

To summarize the 503 gnulib-related changes, run these commands
from a git-cloned gzip directory:
  git checkout v1.6
  git submodule summary v1.5

Here are the compressed sources:   (1.1MB)   (712KB)

Here are the GPG detached signatures[*]:

Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:

[*] 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 gzip-1.6.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 7FD9FCCB000BEEEE

and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.69.97-b1aba91
  Automake 1.99a
  Gnulib v0.0-7953-g9be0b54


* Noteworthy changes in release 1.6 (2013-06-09) [stable]

** New features

  gzip now accepts the --keep (-k) option, for consistency with tools
  like xz, lzip and bzip2.  With this option, gzip no longer removes
  named input files when compressing or decompressing.

** Bug fixes

  gzip -d no longer malfunctions with certain invalid data in 'pack' format.
  [bug introduced in gzip-0.8]

  When overwriting, gzip no longer acts as if you typed "y" when you type "n",
  on some platforms when compiled with optimization.
  [bug introduced in gzip-1.3.6]

  zgrep no longer malfunctions with a multi-digit context option like -15.
  Now, it passes that option to grep (equivalent to -C15) just as it does
  for single-digit options. [bug introduced in gzip-1.3.12]

  zmore now acts more like 'more', and is more portable to POSIXish hosts.

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