[rsync-announce] rsync 2.5.0 released

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Fri Nov 30 12:23:51 EST 2001

 I am happy to announce a new stable release of rsync-2.5.0.  This
 supersedes 2.4.6 and 2.4.7pre4.
 In particular, this release is supposed to fix the hang bug
 experienced by many people when using the -v option.  rsync 2.5.0
 also adds support for IPv6, and works on more platforms.  Other
 enhancements are listed in the NEWS file below.
 Please report success or failure in building or using this release.
 In particular, reports from people with unusual or older platforms
 would be appreciated.
 rsync source is available from


rsync 2.5.0 (2001-11-30)		-*- indented-text -*- 


    * Martin Pool <mbp at samba.org> is now a co-maintainer.


    * Support for LSB-compliant packaging <http://www.linuxbase.org/>

    * Shell wildcards are allowed in "auth users" lines.

    * Merged UNC rsync+ patch to support creation of standalone patch
      sets.  By Bert J. Dempsey and Debra Weiss, updated by Jos
      Backus.  <http://www.ils.unc.edu/i2dsi/unc_rsync+.html>

    * IPv6 support based on a patch from KAME.net, on systems
      including modern versions of Linux, Solaris, and HP-UX.  Also
      includes IPv6 compatibility functions for old OSs by the
      Internet Software Consortium, Paul Vixie, the OpenSSH
      portability project, and OpenBSD.


    * Include/exclude cluestick: with -vv, print out whether files are
      included or excluded and why.

    * Many error messages have more friendly explanations and more

    * Manual page improvements plus scanty protocol documentation.

    * When running as --daemon in the background and using a "log
      file" rsyncd.conf directive, close the log file every time it is
      open when going to sleep on the socket.  This allows the log
      file to get cleaned out by another process.

    * Change to using libpopt rather than getopt for processing
      options.	This makes the code cleaner and the behaviour more
      consistent across platforms.  popt is included and built if not
      installed on the platform.

    * More details in --version, including note about whether 64-bit
      files, symlinks and hardlinks are supported.

    * MD4 code may use less CPU cycles.

    * Use mkstemp on systems where it is secure.  If we use mktemp,
      explain that we do it in a secure way.

    * --whole-file is the default when source and target are on the
	local machine.


    * Fix for various bugs causing rsync to hang.

    * Attempt to fix Large File Summit support on AIX.

    * Attempt to fix error handling lockup bug.

    * Give a non-0 exit code if *any* of the files we have been asked
      to transfer fail to transfer 

    * For log messages containing ridiculously long strings that might
      overflow a buffer rsync no longer aborts, but rather prints an
      ellipsis at the end of the string.  (Patch from Ed Santiago.)


    * Improved support for UNICOS (tested on Cray T3E and Cray SV1)

    * autoconf2.52 (or later) is now required to rebuild the autoconf
      scripts.	It is not required to simply build rsync.

    * Platforms thought to work in this release:

		Cray SV1 UNICOS cc
		Debian Linux 2.2 UltraSparc gcc
		Debian Linux testing/unstable ARM gcc
		FreeBSD 3.3-RELEASE i386 cc
		FreeBSD 4.1.1-RELEASE i386 cc
		FreeBSD 4.3-STABLE i386 cc
		HP PA-RISC HP-UX 10.20 gcc
		HP PA-RISC HP-UX 11.11 cc
		IRIX 6.5 MIPS cc
		IRIX 6.5 MIPS gcc
		Mac OS X PPC (--disable-ipv6) cc
		NetBSD 1.5 i386 gcc
		NetBSD Current i386 cc
		OpenBSD 2.5 Sparc gcc
		OpenBSD 2.9 i386 cc
		OpenBSD Current i386 cc
		RedHat 6.2 i386 gcc
		RedHat 6.2 i386 insure++
		RedHat 7.0 i386 gcc
		RedHat 7.1 i386 (Kernel 2.4.10) gcc
		Slackware 8.0 i686 (Kernel 2.4.10)
		Solaris 8 UltraSparc cc
		Solaris 8 UltraSparc gcc
		Solaris 8 i386 gcc
		SuSE 7.1 i386 gcc2.95.2
		SuSE 7.1 ppc gcc2.95.2
		i386-pc-sco3.2v5.0.5 cc
		i386-pc-sco3.2v5.0.5 gcc
		powerpc-ibm-aix4.3.3.0 cc
		i686-unknown-sysv5UnixWare7.1.0 gcc
		i686-unknown-sysv5UnixWare7.1.0 cc


    * The existing test.sh script by Phil Hands has been merged into a
      test framework that works from both "make check" and the Samba
      build farm.

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