[arch-dev-public] [signoff] coreutils-8.13-1

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Fri Sep 9 05:58:17 EDT 2011

Upstream update.

Signoff both,


* 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 
needs to
   receive signals initiated from the terminal.

** Improvements

   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
   in gnulib.

   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.

** Build-related

   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.

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