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GNU tar 1.17 released

From: Sergey Poznyakoff
Subject: GNU tar 1.17 released
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2007 12:54:15 +0300


I am pleased to announce the release of GNU tar 1.17.

GNU tar is available from and
the mirror sites worldwide (see
for the list of those).

For more information on tar, including links to file downloads,
please see the tar web page:
and the the project page  

The MD5 checksums of the files are:

65e568b83caf7aa865144031e7a7c6a8  tar-1.17.tar.gz
c6c4f1c075dbf0f75c29737faa58f290  tar-1.17.tar.bz2
93bccba8c40c073f19e0f40eebabfb8f  tar-1.17.shar.gz

User-visible changes in this release:

* Fix archivation of sparse files in posix mode.  Previous versions padded
  sparse members with spurious zero blocks.
* Fix operation of --verify --listed-incremental.  Version 1.16.1 produced
  a full dump when both options were given.

* Fix --occurence.  In previous versions it continued scanning the archive
  even though all requested members has already been extracted.

* Scope of --transform and --strip-components options.

In addition to affecting regular archive members, the --transform
option affects hard and soft link targets and the --strip-components
option affects hard link targets as well. 

* End-of-volume script can send the new volume name to tar by writing
  it to the file descriptor stored in the environment variable `TAR_FD'.


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