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4 <hr><b>November 13, 2012</b>
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5 <blockquote><p>"Rule Six: The winning team shall be the first team that wins."
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6 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.</p></blockquote>
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8 <p><a href=downloads/toybox-0.4.1.tar.bz2>Toybox 0.4.1</a> is based on
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9 <a href=http://landley.net/hg/toybox/shortlog/691>commit 691</a>.</p>
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11 <p>Elie De Brauwer contributed usleep, Ashwini Kumar contributed du, and
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12 Kyungwan Han contributed vconfig. Other new commands include switch_root and
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13 md5sum, and the remaining shell wrappers are now proper commands (dos2unix,
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14 unix2dos).</p>
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17 default. The df command follows symlinks to get the actual device name.
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20 <p>On the infrastructure side, the commands have now been grouped into
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21 "posix", "lsb", and "other" subdirectories (for things required by Posix-2008,
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22 the Linux Standard Base 4.1, and commands in neither). This affects menuconfig
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23 and the actual source layout (toys/cp.c is now toys/posix/cp.c, and so on).
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24 An android directory is planned (see the updated
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25 <a href=roadmap.html#android>android roadmap analysis</a>).</p>
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28 global block are now automatically generated, commands should
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29 #define FOR_commandname before #including <toys.h> to get the macros for that
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30 command.</p>
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35 <p>Bugfixes: Avery Pennarun spotted a case where ls showed uid twice instead of
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36 uid and gid, and that nice was using the wrong range of numbers.
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44 fixed. The catv command wasn't displaying byte 255 correctly. Some lib
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58 the command headers should now point to the current relevant standards
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59 document, where applicable.</p>
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62 a separate <a href=oldnews.html>oldnews</a> page.</p>
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64 <p>I forgot to create <a href=bin>static binaries</a> last time, but they're
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65 back now.</p>
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68 <hr><b>July 23, 2012</b>
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69 <blockquote><p>"Ford", Arthur said. "There's an infinite number of monkeys
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71 out." - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.</p></blockquote>
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73 <p><a href=downloads/toybox-0.4.0.tar.bz2>Toybox 0.4.0</a> is based on
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74 <a href=http://landley.net/hg/toybox/shortlog/640>commit 640</a>.</p>
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76 <p>The new <a href=status.html>status page</a> is calculated from
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77 the roadmap info, and should be easier to keep up to date in future.</p>
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79 <p>Andre Renaud contributed od and modinfo. Elie De Brauwer contributed
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80 taskset, bugfixes to cmp and tail, and tests for sort and tail. Kyungwan Han
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81 contributed passwd. Gaurang Shastri contributed w. Ashwini Sharma spotted a
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85 <a href=code.html#lib_llist>llist</a> and
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86 <a href=code.html#lib_dirtree>dirtree</a> infrastructure, added an -r option
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89 corresponding executable bit wasn't set, and worked around a longstanding
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91 pending output on exit.</p>
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93 <hr><b>June 25, 2012</b>
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94 <blockquote><p>"For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen." - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.</p></blockquote>
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96 <p><a href=downloads/toybox-0.3.1.tar.bz2>Toybox 0.3.1</a> is based on commit
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97 <a href=http://landley.net/hg/toybox/shortlog/607>commit 607</a>. It's
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102 musl libc.</p>
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104 <p>The todo list runneth over, but "release early, release often", so here
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105 it is. The roadmap and documentation are a bit behind, and I've got ~40
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106 pending submissions to review. I need to catch up...</p>
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109 <hr><b>June 12, 2012</b>
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110 <blockquote><p>"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that
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111 he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the
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112 wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was
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119 on <a href=http://landley.net/hg/toybox/shortlog/595>commit 595</a>, and the
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120 statically linked <a href=downloads/binaries>prebuilt binaries</a> should
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121 actually be statically linked this time (thanks Ashwini Sharma for spotting
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122 that).</p>
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124 <p>It's hard to figure out where to cut a release, because development
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125 doesn't stop. "Long before now" is the obviuos answer, of course.
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127 threw things off for a bit (so many boxes). Releases should hopefully be a bit
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130 <p>The big things Rob worked on this time were the new dirtree (directory
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132 which should now implement all 26 posix options.</p>
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134 <p>Georgi Chorbadzhiyski added printenv, whoami, mkdir, mkfifo, chmod, chown,
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135 chgrp, and uniq. He also added fraction and extension support to sleep (so if
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136 you need a quarter-second sleep, it can do that now), and fixed a build bug
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137 on slackware.</p>
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139 <p>Daniel Walter contributed a string to mode_t parser (in use by chmod and
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140 mkdir -m). Ilya Kuzmich contributed comm. Elie De Brauwer added mountpoint,
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141 vmstat, logname, login, and mktemp. Kevin Chase did some portability cleanups.
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142 Pere Orga fixed some documentation.</p>
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144 <p>The "tac" and "clear" commands are now normal commands instead of shell
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145 wrappers, and the header #includes have been cleaned up a bit to remove
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146 deprecated functions and attempt to increase compatability with the bionic and
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147 musl C libraries, "tail" should now use lseek() for large files, and "id" got
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148 some cleanups and bugfixes.</p>
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150 <p>The new TOYBOX_FLOAT configuration option selects whether or not
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151 to include floating point support (for embedded targets where that's
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152 problematic).</p>
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154 <p>Several random bugfixes: unshare() might actually build portably now,
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156 SUID support no longer drops permissions going through the toybox
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157 multiplexer command, and a bugfix to xargs -0 means it should no longer
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158 segfault. (I have a pending bug report about xargs not doing the full
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159 posix whitespace handling that -0 obsoleted, but I'll deal with that next
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160 release.)</p>
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162 <p>The build infrastructure is now automatically generating FLAG_ macros
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164 is necessary, which I haven't quite figured out how to do yet.</p>
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166 <p>A defconfig toybox at the start of the $PATH has successfully built
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167 Linux From Scratch (in my Aboriginal Linux project). The commands that
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168 'default n' in the config are often still broken, cleanup is ongoing.
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169 (The new dirtree stuff broke several of them that haven't been converted
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170 yet, but if I wait until everything works we won't have a release before
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171 1.0, so here's a checkpoint.)</p>
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177 without a blip, and Woomera and Jodrell Bank looked straight through them.
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178 Which was a pity, because it was exactly the sort of thing they'd been looking
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179 for all these years."</p></p>- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.</p>
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182 <p>Here's <a href=downloads/toybox-0.2.1.tar.bz2>toybox 0.2.1</a> based
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185 binaries</a> for various embedded targets.</p>
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187 <p>It's been a busy few weeks, almost entirely due to new contributors. (I
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188 have not quite been keeping up.)</p>
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191 insmod, rmmod, and fixed a bug in basename. Andre Renaud contributed ls, ln,
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192 realpath, and hostname. Andres Heck contributed pidof and killall. Daniel
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193 Walter wrote kill and extended id. Timothy Elliott contributed tail and tests
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194 for cmp. Frank Bergmann sent a warning fix. Bryce Fricke added -i to cp.
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195 Nathan McSween pointed out an optimization. Georgi Chorbadzhiyski fixed
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196 cross compiling to work more reliably.</p>
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198 <p>(My own contribution this time around was just tightening up other people's
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199 code, a build fix to unshare, some random bugfixes, and so on. My only new
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200 code this time around was writing a bash replacement for the existing python
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201 bloat-o-meter.)</p>
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203 <p>Last time (the 0.2.0 release) included the first pass at an id command from
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204 Tim Bird, env and basename from Tryn Mirell, cmp and head from Timothy Elliott,
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205 more bugfixes from Nathan McSween and Elie De Brauwer, and Luis Felipe Strano
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206 Moraes did a first pass at the who command plus other bugfixes and
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207 optimizations.</p>
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216 "for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at
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221 <p>Here's the first BSD licensed release,
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222 <a href=downloads/toybox-0.2.0.tar.bz2>toybox-0.2.0</a>, more a synchronization
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223 point than anything particularly useful. 47 commands in a reasonably
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224 ready-to-use state (what "make defconfig" builds), another ten or so partially
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225 finished stubs ("make allyesconfig"), and several
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226 patches pending on the mailing list I need to review and merge.</p>
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