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GNU ed 1.15 released

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: GNU ed 1.15 released
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 22:41:19 +0100
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I am pleased to announce the release of GNU ed 1.15.

GNU ed is a line-oriented text editor. It is used to create, display, modify and otherwise manipulate text files, both interactively and via shell scripts. A restricted version of ed, red, can only edit files in the current directory and cannot execute shell commands. Ed is the "standard" text editor in the sense that it is the original editor for Unix, and thus widely available. For most purposes, however, it is superseded by full-screen editors such as GNU Emacs or GNU Moe.

The homepage is at

The sources can be downloaded from or from your favorite GNU mirror.

The sha256sum is:
ad4489c0ad7a108c514262da28e6c2a426946fb408a3977ef1ed34308bdfd174 ed-1.15.tar.lz

This release is also GPG signed. You can download the signature by appending '.sig' to the URL. If the 'gpg --verify' command fails because you don't have the required public key, then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 8FE99503132D7742

Key fingerprint = 1D41 C14B 272A 2219 A739  FA4F 8FE9 9503 132D 7742

Changes in version 1.15:

* The list command has been fixed to print a backslash before every '$' character within the text. (Reported by Ori Avtalion).

* Address ',,' has been fixed to mean '$,$' instead of '1,$'. (Reported by Matthieu Felix).

* A 's' command that is part of a 'g' or 'v' command-list can again split a line by including a newline escaped with a backslash '\' in the replacement string. For this to work, the closing delimiter of the replacement string can't be omitted unless the 's' command is the last command in the list, because otherwise the meaning of the escaped newline would become ambiguous.

* Following a recent change in the POSIX standard, the 'c' command no longer accepts an address of 0, and the documentation for the 'i' command now explains that it treats address 0 as meaning "at the beginning of the buffer", instead of as a synonym for address 1.

  * Minor fixes have been made to the manual.

* The configure script now accepts appending options to CFLAGS using the syntax 'CFLAGS+=OPTIONS'.

Please send bug reports and suggestions to address@hidden

Antonio Diaz, GNU ed maintainer.

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