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GNU mtools 4.0.27 released

From: Alain Knaff
Subject: GNU mtools 4.0.27 released
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2021 23:44:43 +0200
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I am pleased to announce the release of GNU mtools version 4.0.27

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:    (515K)   (411K)    (364K)

The same directory also contains pre-compiled Debian 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 <>.

Improvements since the 4.0.26 release are:
        - Fix a type error in way how iconv functions are called

Moreover, from now on the mtools site no longer contains pre-compiled
RPM files. The reason for this is political rather than technical.

Indeed, recently, there have been vile online attacks looking to
remove Richard M. Stallman from the FSF board of directors for
expressing his personal opinions.

I will not stand idly when an icon of this community is attacked. As a
symbol of protest against Red-Hat for joining that witch hunt, no RPM
packages of mtools are supplied with this release, nor will be
supplied with future releases until Red-Hat withdraws from this.

If you consider expressing your support for Richard, please consider
signing the petition at

Debian packages are still supplied.



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