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3 <h2>See <a href=roadmap.html>roadmap</a> for current and planned
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6 <h2>News</h2>
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7 <hr><b>March 3, 2012</b>
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9 <blockquote><p>"They went unnoticed at Goonhilly, passed over Cape Canaveral
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10 without a blip, and Woomera and Jodrell Bank looked straight through them.
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11 Which was a pity, because it was exactly the sort of thing they'd been looking
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12 for all these years."</p></p>- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.</p>
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13 </p></blockquote>
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15 <p>Here's <a href=downloads/toybox-0.2.1.tar.bz2>toybox 0.2.1</a> based
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16 on <a href=http://landley.net/hg/toybox/shortlog/512>commit 512</a>. This
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17 time around, there are statically linked <a href=downloads/binaries>prebuilt
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18 binaries</a> for various embedded targets.</p>
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20 <p>It's been a busy few weeks, almost entirely due to new contributors. (I
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21 have not quite been keeping up.)</p>
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23 <p>Elie De Brauwer contributed free, uptime, swapon, swapoff, lsmod, mknod,
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24 insmod, rmmod, and fixed a bug in basename. Andre Renaud contributed ls, ln,
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25 realpath, and hostname. Andres Heck contributed pidof and killall. Daniel
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26 Walter wrote kill and extended id. Timothy Elliott contributed tail and tests
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27 for cmp. Frank Bergmann sent a warning fix. Bryce Fricke added -i to cp.
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28 Nathan McSween pointed out an optimization. Georgi Chorbadzhiyski fixed
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29 cross compiling to work more reliably.</p>
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31 <p>(My own contribution this time around was just tightening up other people's
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32 code, a build fix to unshare, some random bugfixes, and so on. My only new
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33 code this time around was writing a bash replacement for the existing python
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34 bloat-o-meter.)</p>
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36 <p>Last time (the 0.2.0 release) included the first pass at an id command from
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37 Tim Bird, env and basename from Tryn Mirell, cmp and head from Timothy Elliott,
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38 more bugfixes from Nathan McSween and Elie De Brauwer, and Luis Felipe Strano
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39 Moraes did a first pass at the who command plus other bugfixes and
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40 optimizations.</p>
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42 <p>(For that release I did xargs, cal, truncate, unlink, nohup, tty, wc, link,
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43 dirname, unshare, and various infrastructure tweaks, but it took me 3 months
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44 and those guys did their stuff in a week or so.)</p>
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47 <hr><b>February 12, 2012</b>
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48 <blockquote><p>
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49 "for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at
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50 least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two
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51 important respects..."</p>
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52 <p> - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy</p></blockquote>
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54 <p>Here's the first BSD licensed release,
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55 <a href=downloads/toybox-0.2.0.tar.bz2>toybox-0.2.0</a>, more a synchronization
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56 point than anything particularly useful. 47 commands in a reasonably
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57 ready-to-use state (what "make defconfig" builds), another ten or so partially
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58 finished stubs ("make allyesconfig"), and several
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59 patches pending on the mailing list I need to review and merge.</p>
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61 <p>More to come...</p>
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63 <hr>
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64 <p><b>November 15, 2011</b> - Back from the dead, Toybox is now under a 2
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66 implementation of Android systems everywhere.</p>
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68 <p>More to come...</p>
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71 <p><b>December 1, 2009</b> - <a href=downloads/toybox-0.1.0.tar.bz2>toybox-0.1.0</a> is out.</p>
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73 <p>This release is a couple build fixes and another bugfix to patch.</p>
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76 <p><b>April 17, 2009</b> - Another bugfix release,
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79 <p>(Darn fiddly command, innit?)</p>
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82 <p><b>March 29, 2009</b> - Released
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87 decide whether or not to port the whole thing to that language.
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88 (Also note: the mailing list moved. See the links on the left. You'll
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89 have to resubscribe.)</p>
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96 pregenerate help.h, and didn't run make clean afterwards.) The actual source
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101 adds the uname, cksum, and mkswapfs commands.</p>
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103 <p>This uname implementation is cross compile friendly: when built as a 32 bit
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104 binary on an x86_64 host, it reports "i686" to confuse autoconf less.</p>
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106 <p>This cksum has several extra command line options which can be used to
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107 produce different cksum variants based on the same crc32 algorithm. For
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108 example, the broadcom "trx" image packaging uses a little endian crc,
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109 pre-inverted instead of post-inverted, and does not include the length.
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110 (Without these arguments, it produces the normal SUSv4 cksum output.)</p>
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112 <p>It also upgrades netcat with a server mode (-l option) and fixes several
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113 netcat bugs. It also fixed multiple bugs in "patch", works around a
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114 reiserfs bug in cp, and oneit can reboot on exit more reliably.</p>
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116 <p><b>November 12, 2008</b> -
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117 <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.7.tar.bz2>toybox 0.0.7</a>
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119 test suite, and numerous bugfixes (bunzip, chroot, cat, patch).</p>
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121 <p><b>May 26, 2008</b> - <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.6.tar.bz2>toybox 0.0.6</a>
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122 adds cat, rmdir, and seq. Bugfixes to cp and a new -v option. Updates mdev to
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123 work with the 2.6.25 kernel. Updates patch to knows that a file dated
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124 1969-12-31 means it doesn't exist, and to fail if a file it needs to create
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126 -nex" vs "echo -ne". Several updates to the test suite (run scripts/test.sh),
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127 and some build fixes.</p>
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133 new commands cp and chvt and several bugfixes.</p>
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135 <p>More makefile targets: "make test" runs the test suite (which needs more test
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136 scripts), and make install/install_flat/uninstall/uninstall_flat calls
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137 make/install.sh (with options --long --symlink --force --uninstall depending
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138 on the context).</p>
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140 <p>Most of the work has been behind the scenes, namely a significant rewrite of
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141 the build logic so adding each new command consists of adding a single C file to
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142 the "toys" directory, eliminating the need to touch any other files.
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143 There are specially formatted comments at the top of the C file to generate
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144 the other files, see toys/hello.c for an example. (See generated/README.txt
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145 and <a href=code.html>code.html</a> for details.)</p>
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147 <p><b>January 2, 2008</b> - And <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.4.tar.bz2>toybox-0.0.4.tar.bz2</a> is out.
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148 The new applets this time around include basename, chroot, dirname, dmesg,
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149 help, mkfifo, netcat, patch, sha1sum, touch, and tty.</p>
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151 <p>Note that this "touch" includes -l to set the length, which can truncate
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152 a file or create a commpletely sparse file, good for filesystem images.</p>
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154 <p>Expect the next release in about 6 months.</p>
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156 <p><b>December 12, 2007</b> - Updated the list of implemented applications,
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157 put up a <a href=todo.txt>todo list</a> and <a href=code.html>infrastructure
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158 documentation</a>. Expect another release towards the end of the month.</p>
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160 <p><b>June 18, 2007</b> - Put out
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161 <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.3.tar.bz2>toybox-0.0.3.tar.bz2</a> since it's
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162 been too long since I did something like that. This one implements
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163 catv, count, df, echo, false, oneit, pwd, sleep, sync, toysh, true, which,
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164 and yes (which is what "make defconfig" enables). There are several other
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165 commands not enabled by defconfig, because they don't really work yet.</p>
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167 <p>Most of the general infrastructure's there now, although lots of tweaking
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168 and optimizing is still needed. The test suite is skeletal and not entirely
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169 checked in yet, but I'm working on that.</p>
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171 <p>I don't have nearly as much time to work on this as I'd like, but I'm making
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172 a little progress.</p>
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174 <p><b>January 31, 2007</b> -
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175 Toybox <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.2.tar.bz2>0.0.2 release</a>.
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176 Implements count, yes, pwd, echo, bzcat, catv, oneit, and an unfinished
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177 skeleton of mke2fs. Adds argument parsing logic and bunzip code to library.
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178 Now configured with menuconfig. Adds "make baseline" and "make bloatcheck"
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179 using Matt Mackall's bloat-o-meter, and scripts/showasm.</p>
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181 <p>Screwing up the web page a bit, adding an index bar along the side
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183 mke2fs and gene2fs.)</p>
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185 <p><b>October 30, 2006</b> -
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186 Toybox <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.1.tar.bz2>0.0.1 release</a>. Implements
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187 df, a skeletal toysh, and some library functions. Proof of concept, really.</p>
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189 <p><b>September 7, 2006</b> -
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190 Project launched, first commit to mercurial archive.</p>
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