The previous stable release was 6.7, on Dec 8, 2006.
Then there was a nearly-stable 6.8 release on Feb 24, 2007.
Since 6.8 was a test release, I've included its NEWS entries
below, along with the few for 6.9.
Thanks to all of the people who have contributed patches, suggestions,
and bug reports. Their names are listed in the ChangeLog files.
A lot of coreutils' portability infrastructure comes from gnulib,
<http://www.gnu.org/software/gnulib>, so ChangeLog entries for the
vast majority of files in lib/ and m4/ are no longer included here.
P.S., I'm considering no longer distributing .xdelta difference files.
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cp -x (--one-file-system) would fail to set mount point permissions
The default block size and output format for df -P are now unaffected by
the DF_BLOCK_SIZE, BLOCK_SIZE, and BLOCKSIZE environment variables. It
is still affected by POSIXLY_CORRECT, though.
Using pr -m -s (i.e. merging files, with TAB as the output separator)
no longer inserts extraneous spaces between output columns.
* Noteworthy changes in release 6.8 (2007-02-24) [not-unstable]
** Bug fixes
chgrp, chmod, and chown now honor the --preserve-root option.
Before, they would warn, yet continuing traversing and operating on /.
chmod no longer fails in an environment (e.g., a chroot) with openat
support but with insufficient /proc support.
"cp --parents F/G D" no longer creates a directory D/F when F is not
a directory (and F/G is therefore invalid).
"cp --preserve=mode" would create directories that briefly had
too-generous permissions in some cases. For example, when copying a
directory with permissions 777 the destination directory might
temporarily be setgid on some file systems, which would allow other
users to create subfiles with the same group as the directory. Fix
similar problems with 'install' and 'mv'.
cut no longer dumps core for usage like "cut -f2- f1 f2" with two or
more file arguments. This was due to a double-free bug, introduced
dd bs= operands now silently override any later ibs= and obs=
operands, as POSIX and tradition require.
"ls -FRL" always follows symbolic links on Linux. Introduced in
A cross-partition "mv /etc/passwd ~" (by non-root) now prints
a reasonable diagnostic. Before, it would print this:
"mv: cannot remove `/etc/passwd': Not a directory".
pwd and "readlink -e ." no longer fail unnecessarily when a parent
directory is unreadable.
"rm -rf /etc/passwd" (run by non-root) now prints a diagnostic.
Before it would print nothing.
"rm --interactive=never F" no longer prompts for an unwritable F
** New features
sort's new --compress-program=PROG option specifies a compression
program to use when writing and reading temporary files.
This can help save both time and disk space when sorting large inputs.
sort accepts the new option -C, which acts like -c except no diagnostic
is printed. Its --check option now accepts an optional argument, and
--check=quiet and --check=silent are now aliases for -C, while
--check=diagnose-first is an alias for -c or plain --check.
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