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tar-1.25 released

From: Sergey Poznyakoff
Subject: tar-1.25 released
Date: Sun, 07 Nov 2010 19:06:54 +0200


GNU tar 1.25 is available for download.  This is primarily a bug-fix
release, addressing bugs found in the previous version 1.24.  See below
for a list of changes.

Here are the compressed sources:   (3.3MB)   (2.3MB)   (1.7MB)   (5.0MB)   (3.3MB)

Here are the GPG detached signatures[*]:

To reduce load on the main server, use a mirror listed at:

Here are the MD5 and SHA1 checksums:

0e48e9e473a72f135d0ebbc8af2762cc  tar-1.25.tar.gz
6e497f861c77bbba2f7da4e10270995b  tar-1.25.tar.bz2
1b3b391087f4baf70ccad8bd92e4db11  tar-1.25.tar.xz
e7baba2c58719eb0f2abe2283ea34fb7  tar-1.25.shar.gz
85f43f37742d6c221d2c054cb42a4915  tar-1.25.cpio.gz
28bcf4cfcb32805afead8a6259158064d96359fb  tar-1.25.tar.gz
0f0c090e51d127cbeffbb9aeeb90db1181d82aed  tar-1.25.tar.bz2
291f7ace4ccebe9ac736e23b33c9e89ef92e00d8  tar-1.25.tar.xz
d76d534a06033391c2152df8e66411fa64619391  tar-1.25.shar.gz
65eca261c0541bf0fa092ccecb25ef29faabed48  tar-1.25.cpio.gz

[*] You can use either of the above signature files 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 tar-1.25.tar.gz.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 55D0C732

and rerun the `gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.63
  Automake 1.11.1
  Gnulib v0.0-4399-g9645318

The list of bug-fixes and user-visible changes follows:

* Fix extraction of empty directories with the -C option in effect.
* Fix extraction of device nodes.
* Make sure name matching occurs before eventual name transformation.

Tar 1.24 changed the ordering of name matching and name transformation
so that the former saw already transformed file names.  This made it
impossible to match file names in certain cases.  It is fixed now.

* Fix the behavior of tar -x --overwrite on hosts lacking O_NOFOLLOW.

* Improve the testsuite.

* Alternative decompression programs.

If extraction from a compressed archive fails because the corresponding
compression program is not installed and the following two conditions
are met, tar retries extraction using an alternative decompressor:

 1. Another compression program supported by tar is able to handle this
 compression format.
 2. The compression program was not explicitly requested in the command
 line by the use of such options as -z, -j, etc.

For example, if `compress' is not available, tar will try `gzip'. 


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