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GNU mtools 4.0.20 released

From: Alain Knaff
Subject: GNU mtools 4.0.20 released
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 16:45:24 +0100
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I am pleased to announce the release of GNU mtools version 4.0.20

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

The sources can be obtained from and its world-wide mirrors:    (539K)   (440K)    (363K)

The same directory also contains pre-compiled Debian and RPM packages.

Mtools is a collection of utilities to access MS-DOS disks from GNU
and Unix without mounting them, to change FAT-specific file attributes
(hidden, archive, system), and to format FAT media.

Mtools supports W32 style long file names, FAT32, OS/2 Xdf disks and
2m disks (store up to 1992k on a high density 3 1/2 disk). Mtools also
includes mpartition, a simple partitioning programing. It is also a
convenient tool to work with disk image files (thanks to the -i flag).

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

Please email bugs or suggestions to <address@hidden>.

Improvements since the 4.0.19 release are:

- initialize directory entries to 0
- bad message "Too few sectors" replaced with "Too many sectors"
- apostrophe in mlabel no longer causes generation of long entry
- option to fake system date for file creation using the
SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH environment variables

- can now be compiled with "clang" compiler
- fallback function for strndup, for those platforms that don't have it
- fixed a number of -Wextra warnings

- new compressed archive formats for uz/lz

- allow to specify number of reserved sectors for FAT32.
- file/device locking with timeout (rather than immediate failure)
- fixed support for BPB-less legacy formats.
- removed check that disk must be an integer number of tracks.

- removed .eh/.oh macros from manual pages



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