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12 <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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14 <p>This release is a couple build fixes and another bugfix to patch.</p>
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20 <p>(Darn fiddly command, innit?)</p>
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23 <p><b>March 29, 2009</b> - Released
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29 (Also note: the mailing list moved. See the links on the left. You'll
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37 pregenerate help.h, and didn't run make clean afterwards.) The actual source
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42 adds the uname, cksum, and mkswapfs commands.</p>
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45 binary on an x86_64 host, it reports "i686" to confuse autoconf less.</p>
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51 (Without these arguments, it produces the normal SUSv4 cksum output.)</p>
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55 reiserfs bug in cp, and oneit can reboot on exit more reliably.</p>
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60 test suite, and numerous bugfixes (bunzip, chroot, cat, patch).</p>
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78 make/install.sh (with options --long --symlink --force --uninstall depending
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88 <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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90 help, mkfifo, netcat, patch, sha1sum, touch, and tty.</p>
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97 <p><b>December 12, 2007</b> - Updated the list of implemented applications,
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101 <p><b>June 18, 2007</b> - Put out
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102 <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.3.tar.bz2>toybox-0.0.3.tar.bz2</a> since it's
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103 been too long since I did something like that. This one implements
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104 catv, count, df, echo, false, oneit, pwd, sleep, sync, toysh, true, which,
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106 commands not enabled by defconfig, because they don't really work yet.</p>
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108 <p>Most of the general infrastructure's there now, although lots of tweaking
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112 <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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115 <p><b>January 31, 2007</b> -
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116 Toybox <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.2.tar.bz2>0.0.2 release</a>.
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117 Implements count, yes, pwd, echo, bzcat, catv, oneit, and an unfinished
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118 skeleton of mke2fs. Adds argument parsing logic and bunzip code to library.
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119 Now configured with menuconfig. Adds "make baseline" and "make bloatcheck"
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120 using Matt Mackall's bloat-o-meter, and scripts/showasm.</p>
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122 <p>Screwing up the web page a bit, adding an index bar along the side
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123 which doesn't properly connect up to anything yet. (Busy implementing
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124 mke2fs and gene2fs.)</p>
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126 <p><b>October 30, 2006</b> -
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127 Toybox <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.1.tar.bz2>0.0.1 release</a>. Implements
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128 df, a skeletal toysh, and some library functions. Proof of concept, really.</p>
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130 <p><b>September 7, 2006</b> -
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131 Project launched, first commit to mercurial archive.</p>
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