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3 <h2>News</h2>
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4 <hr><b>June 25, 2012</b>
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5 <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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7 <p><a href=downloads/toybox-0.3.1.tar.bz2>Toybox 0.3.1</a> is based on commit
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8 <a href=http://landley.net/hg/toybox/shortlog/607>commit 607</a>. It's
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9 mostly a bugfix release for ls -l (which was unhappy on targets other than
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10 x86-64), plus a new "date" from Andre Renaud and rewritten chgrp/chown which
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11 now support the full set of posix flags, plus a little work on the test
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12 suite and some more header tweaks towards eventual compatability with the
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13 musl libc.</p>
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15 <p>The todo list runneth over, but "release early, release often", so here
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16 it is. The roadmap and documentation are a bit behind, and I've got ~40
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17 pending submissions to review. I need to catch up...</p>
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18 </span>
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20 <hr><b>June 12, 2012</b>
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21 <blockquote><p>"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that
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22 he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the
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23 wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was
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24 muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had
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25 always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely
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26 the same reasons." - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.</p></blockquote>
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28 <p>It's well past time for <a href=downloads/toybox-0.3.0.tar.bz2>toybox 0.3.0</a>,
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29 so here it is, based
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30 on <a href=http://landley.net/hg/toybox/shortlog/595>commit 595</a>, and the
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31 statically linked <a href=downloads/binaries>prebuilt binaries</a> should
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32 actually be statically linked this time (thanks Ashwini Sharma for spotting
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33 that).</p>
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35 <p>It's hard to figure out where to cut a release, because development
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36 doesn't stop. "Long before now" is the obviuos answer, of course.
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37 The project's maintainer also moved house during this development cycle, which
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38 threw things off for a bit (so many boxes). Releases should hopefully be a bit
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39 more frequent from here on.</p>
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41 <p>The big things Rob worked on this time were the new dirtree (directory
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42 tree traversal) infrastructure, and a complete rewrite of ls using that
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43 which should now implement all 26 posix options.</p>
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45 <p>Georgi Chorbadzhiyski added printenv, whoami, mkdir, mkfifo, chmod, chown,
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46 chgrp, and uniq. He also added fraction and extension support to sleep (so if
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47 you need a quarter-second sleep, it can do that now), and fixed a build bug
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48 on slackware.</p>
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50 <p>Daniel Walter contributed a string to mode_t parser (in use by chmod and
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51 mkdir -m). Ilya Kuzmich contributed comm. Elie De Brauwer added mountpoint,
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52 vmstat, logname, login, and mktemp. Kevin Chase did some portability cleanups.
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53 Pere Orga fixed some documentation.</p>
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55 <p>The "tac" and "clear" commands are now normal commands instead of shell
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56 wrappers, and the header #includes have been cleaned up a bit to remove
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57 deprecated functions and attempt to increase compatability with the bionic and
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58 musl C libraries, "tail" should now use lseek() for large files, and "id" got
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59 some cleanups and bugfixes.</p>
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61 <p>The new TOYBOX_FLOAT configuration option selects whether or not
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62 to include floating point support (for embedded targets where that's
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63 problematic).</p>
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65 <p>Several random bugfixes: unshare() might actually build portably now,
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66 yes 'n' | cp -i should no longer bypass stdin and prompt via the tty, the
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67 SUID support no longer drops permissions going through the toybox
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68 multiplexer command, and a bugfix to xargs -0 means it should no longer
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69 segfault. (I have a pending bug report about xargs not doing the full
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70 posix whitespace handling that -0 obsoleted, but I'll deal with that next
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71 release.)</p>
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73 <p>The build infrastructure is now automatically generating FLAG_ macros
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74 for the options, but currently with the wrong names. Some more macro glue
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75 is necessary, which I haven't quite figured out how to do yet.</p>
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77 <p>A defconfig toybox at the start of the $PATH has successfully built
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78 Linux From Scratch (in my Aboriginal Linux project). The commands that
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79 'default n' in the config are often still broken, cleanup is ongoing.
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80 (The new dirtree stuff broke several of them that haven't been converted
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81 yet, but if I wait until everything works we won't have a release before
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82 1.0, so here's a checkpoint.)</p>
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85 <hr><b>March 3, 2012</b>
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87 <blockquote><p>"They went unnoticed at Goonhilly, passed over Cape Canaveral
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88 without a blip, and Woomera and Jodrell Bank looked straight through them.
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89 Which was a pity, because it was exactly the sort of thing they'd been looking
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90 for all these years."</p></p>- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.</p>
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91 </p></blockquote>
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93 <p>Here's <a href=downloads/toybox-0.2.1.tar.bz2>toybox 0.2.1</a> based
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94 on <a href=http://landley.net/hg/toybox/shortlog/512>commit 512</a>. This
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95 time around, there are statically linked <a href=downloads/binaries>prebuilt
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96 binaries</a> for various embedded targets.</p>
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98 <p>It's been a busy few weeks, almost entirely due to new contributors. (I
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99 have not quite been keeping up.)</p>
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101 <p>Elie De Brauwer contributed free, uptime, swapon, swapoff, lsmod, mknod,
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102 insmod, rmmod, and fixed a bug in basename. Andre Renaud contributed ls, ln,
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103 realpath, and hostname. Andres Heck contributed pidof and killall. Daniel
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104 Walter wrote kill and extended id. Timothy Elliott contributed tail and tests
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105 for cmp. Frank Bergmann sent a warning fix. Bryce Fricke added -i to cp.
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106 Nathan McSween pointed out an optimization. Georgi Chorbadzhiyski fixed
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107 cross compiling to work more reliably.</p>
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109 <p>(My own contribution this time around was just tightening up other people's
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110 code, a build fix to unshare, some random bugfixes, and so on. My only new
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111 code this time around was writing a bash replacement for the existing python
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112 bloat-o-meter.)</p>
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114 <p>Last time (the 0.2.0 release) included the first pass at an id command from
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115 Tim Bird, env and basename from Tryn Mirell, cmp and head from Timothy Elliott,
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116 more bugfixes from Nathan McSween and Elie De Brauwer, and Luis Felipe Strano
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117 Moraes did a first pass at the who command plus other bugfixes and
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118 optimizations.</p>
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120 <p>(For that release I did xargs, cal, truncate, unlink, nohup, tty, wc, link,
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121 dirname, unshare, and various infrastructure tweaks, but it took me 3 months
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122 and those guys did their stuff in a week or so.)</p>
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125 <hr><b>February 12, 2012</b>
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126 <blockquote><p>
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127 "for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at
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128 least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two
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129 important respects..."</p>
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130 <p> - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy</p></blockquote>
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132 <p>Here's the first BSD licensed release,
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133 <a href=downloads/toybox-0.2.0.tar.bz2>toybox-0.2.0</a>, more a synchronization
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134 point than anything particularly useful. 47 commands in a reasonably
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135 ready-to-use state (what "make defconfig" builds), another ten or so partially
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136 finished stubs ("make allyesconfig"), and several
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137 patches pending on the mailing list I need to review and merge.</p>
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139 <p>More to come...</p>
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146 <p>More to come...</p>
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149 <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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157 <p>(Darn fiddly command, innit?)</p>
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172 fix for 0.0.8. (The previous release tarball contained a prebuilt x86-64
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173 kconfig/conf file, because the release script ran defconfig to
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174 pregenerate help.h, and didn't run make clean afterwards.) The actual source
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181 <p>This uname implementation is cross compile friendly: when built as a 32 bit
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182 binary on an x86_64 host, it reports "i686" to confuse autoconf less.</p>
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184 <p>This cksum has several extra command line options which can be used to
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185 produce different cksum variants based on the same crc32 algorithm. For
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187 pre-inverted instead of post-inverted, and does not include the length.
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188 (Without these arguments, it produces the normal SUSv4 cksum output.)</p>
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190 <p>It also upgrades netcat with a server mode (-l option) and fixes several
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191 netcat bugs. It also fixed multiple bugs in "patch", works around a
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192 reiserfs bug in cp, and oneit can reboot on exit more reliably.</p>
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195 <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.7.tar.bz2>toybox 0.0.7</a>
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196 adds sort and tee commands, upgrades the internal option parsing logic and the
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199 <p><b>May 26, 2008</b> - <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.6.tar.bz2>toybox 0.0.6</a>
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200 adds cat, rmdir, and seq. Bugfixes to cp and a new -v option. Updates mdev to
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201 work with the 2.6.25 kernel. Updates patch to knows that a file dated
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202 1969-12-31 means it doesn't exist, and to fail if a file it needs to create
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204 -nex" vs "echo -ne". Several updates to the test suite (run scripts/test.sh),
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209 <p><b>March 29, 2008</b> -
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210 Time to release <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.5.tar.bz2>toybox 0.0.5</a>, with
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211 new commands cp and chvt and several bugfixes.</p>
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213 <p>More makefile targets: "make test" runs the test suite (which needs more test
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214 scripts), and make install/install_flat/uninstall/uninstall_flat calls
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215 make/install.sh (with options --long --symlink --force --uninstall depending
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218 <p>Most of the work has been behind the scenes, namely a significant rewrite of
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219 the build logic so adding each new command consists of adding a single C file to
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220 the "toys" directory, eliminating the need to touch any other files.
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221 There are specially formatted comments at the top of the C file to generate
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223 and <a href=code.html>code.html</a> for details.)</p>
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234 <p><b>December 12, 2007</b> - Updated the list of implemented applications,
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235 put up a <a href=todo.txt>todo list</a> and <a href=code.html>infrastructure
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238 <p><b>June 18, 2007</b> - Put out
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239 <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.3.tar.bz2>toybox-0.0.3.tar.bz2</a> since it's
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241 catv, count, df, echo, false, oneit, pwd, sleep, sync, toysh, true, which,
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245 <p>Most of the general infrastructure's there now, although lots of tweaking
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249 <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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253 Toybox <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.2.tar.bz2>0.0.2 release</a>.
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254 Implements count, yes, pwd, echo, bzcat, catv, oneit, and an unfinished
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255 skeleton of mke2fs. Adds argument parsing logic and bunzip code to library.
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256 Now configured with menuconfig. Adds "make baseline" and "make bloatcheck"
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257 using Matt Mackall's bloat-o-meter, and scripts/showasm.</p>
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261 mke2fs and gene2fs.)</p>
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264 Toybox <a href=downloads/toybox-0.0.1.tar.bz2>0.0.1 release</a>. Implements
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267 <p><b>September 7, 2006</b> -
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268 Project launched, first commit to mercurial archive.</p>
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