* Noteworthy changes in release 8.13 (2011-09-08) [stable]
** Bug fixes
chown and chgrp with the -v --from= options, now output the correct
I.E. for skipped files, the original ownership is output, not the new
[bug introduced in sh-utils-2.0g]
cp -r could mistakenly change the permissions of an existing destination
directory. [bug introduced in coreutils-6.8]
cp -u -p would fail to preserve one hard link for each up-to-date copy
of a src-hard-linked name in the destination tree. I.e., if s/a and s/b
are hard-linked and dst/s/a is up to date, "cp -up s dst" would copy s/b
to dst/s/b rather than simply linking dst/s/b to dst/s/a.
[This bug appears to have been present in "the beginning".]
fts-using tools (rm, du, chmod, chgrp, chown, chcon) no longer use memory
proportional to the number of entries in each directory they process.
Before, rm -rf 4-million-entry-directory would consume about 1GiB of
Now, it uses less than 30MB, no matter how many entries there are.
[this bug was inherent in the use of fts: thus, for rm the bug was
introduced in coreutils-8.0. The prior implementation of rm did not use
as much memory. du, chmod, chgrp and chown started using fts in 6.0.
chcon was added in coreutils-6.9.91 with fts support. ]
pr -T no longer ignores a specified LAST_PAGE to stop at.
[bug introduced in textutils-1.19q]
printf '%d' '"' no longer accesses out-of-bounds memory in the
[bug introduced in sh-utils-1.16]
split --number l/... no longer creates extraneous files in certain cases.
[bug introduced in coreutils-8.8]
timeout now sends signals to commands that create their own process
timeout is no longer confused when starting off with a child process.
[bugs introduced in coreutils-7.0]
unexpand -a now aligns correctly when there are spaces spanning a
followed by a tab. In that case a space was dropped, causing
We also now ensure that a space never precedes a tab.
[bug introduced in coreutils-5.3.0]
** Changes in behavior
chmod, chown and chgrp now output the original attributes in messages,
when -v or -c specified.
cp -au (where --preserve=links is implicit) may now replace newer
files in the destination, to mirror hard links from the source.
** New features
date now accepts ISO 8601 date-time strings with "T" as the
separator. It has long parsed dates like "2004-02-29 16:21:42"
with a space between the date and time strings. Now it also parses
"2004-02-29T16:21:42" and fractional-second and time-zone-annotated
variants like "2004-02-29T16:21:42.333-07:00"
md5sum accepts the new --strict option. With --check, it makes the
tool exit non-zero for any invalid input line, rather than just warning.
This also affects sha1sum, sha224sum, sha384sum and sha512sum.
split accepts a new --filter=CMD option. With it, split filters output
through CMD. CMD may use the $FILE environment variable, which is set to
the nominal output file name for each invocation of CMD. For example, to
split a file into 3 approximately equal parts, which are then compressed:
split -n3 --filter='xz > $FILE.xz' big
Note the use of single quotes, not double quotes.
That creates files named xaa.xz, xab.xz and xac.xz.
timeout accepts a new --foreground option, to support commands not
directly from a shell prompt, where the command is interactive or
receive signals initiated from the terminal.
cp -p now copies trivial NSFv4 ACLs on Solaris 10. Before, it would
mistakenly apply a non-trivial ACL to the destination file.
cp and ls now support HP-UX 11.11's ACLs, thanks to improved support
df now supports disk partitions larger than 4 TiB on MacOS X 10.5
or newer and on AIX 5.2 or newer.
join --check-order now prints "join: FILE:LINE_NUMBER: bad_line" for an
unsorted input, rather than e.g., "join: file 1 is not in sorted order".
shuf outputs small subsets of large permutations much more efficiently.
For example `shuf -i1-$((2**32-1)) -n2` no longer exhausts memory.
stat -f now recognizes the GPFS, MQUEUE and PSTOREFS file system types.
timeout now supports sub-second timeouts.
Changes inherited from gnulib address a build failure on HP-UX 11.11
when using /opt/ansic/bin/cc.
Numerous portability and build improvements inherited via gnulib.
09-10-2011, 02:43 AM
[2011-09-09 19:58:17 +1000] Allan McRae:
> Upstream update.