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diffutils-3.3 released [stable]

Item posted by Jim Meyering <meyering> on Sun 24 Mar 2013 06:38:27 PM UTC.

This is to announce diffutils-3.3, a stable release.

There have been 44 commits by 7 people in the 81 weeks since 3.2.

See the NEWS below for a brief summary.
This also updates the slightly risky[1] files
From the previous release.

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

  Andreas Gruenbacher (1)
  Bruno Haible (1)
  Claudio Bley (1)
  Eric Blake (2)
  Jim Meyering (18)
  Paul Eggert (18)
  Stefano Lattarini (3)

Jim [on behalf of the diffutils maintainers]

Here is the GNU diffutils home page:

For a summary of changes and contributors, see:;a=shortlog;h=v3.3
or run this command from a git-cloned diffutils directory:
  git shortlog v3.2..v3.3

To summarize the 1801 gnulib-related changes, run these commands
From a git-cloned diffutils directory:
  git checkout v3.3
  git submodule summary v3.2

Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature[*]:

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 diffutils-3.3.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 7FD9FCCB000BEEEE

and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.69.79-0bdae
  Automake 1.13a
  Gnulib v0.0-7898-gdb9cad7


* Noteworthy changes in release 3.3 (2013-03-24) [stable]

** New features

  --new-file (-N) and --unidirectional-new-file now allow comparisons to "-".
  A standard input that's closed acts like a nonexistent file.

  A file name containing spaces, double quotes, backslashes or control
  characters is now encoded in a diff header as a double-quoted C string
  literal.  The escape sequences \\, \", \a, \b, \f, \n, \r, \t, \v and
  \ooo (a three-digit octal number between 0 and 255) are used.

** Packaging

  diffutils is now designed to build with Cygwin or MinGW rather than DJGPP.
  The ms subdirectory has been removed.

[1] For details on why the files in 3.2 pose a risk, see these:

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