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Announcing the release of GNU findutils 4.5.8

From: James Youngman
Subject: Announcing the release of GNU findutils 4.5.8
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:02:34 +0100

I am pleased to announce the release of version 4.5.9 of GNU

GNU findutils is a set of software tools for finding files that match
certain criteria and for performing various operations on them.
Findutils includes the programs "find", "xargs" and "locate".  More
information about findutils is available at

This is a "development" release of findutils.  It can be downloaded from
ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/findutils.  The 4.5.x release series is
intended to allow people to try out, comment on or contribute to new
features of findutils.  During the 4.5.x release series some features
may be introduced and then changed or removed as a result of feedback
or experience.  In short, please don't rely on backward compatibility
later in the release series.

While this is a development release, it is tested before being
released, principally with the regression test suite (run "make check"
to use it).  The Savannah website
(http://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=findutils) contains a current
list of known bugs in findutils (for both the stable and development

Bugs in GNU findutils should be reported to the findutils bug tracker
at http://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?group=findutils.  Reporting bugs via
the web interface will ensure that you are automatically informed when
the bug has been fixed.  General discussion of findutils takes place
on the bug-findutils mailing list.  To join the 'bug-findutils'
mailing list, send email to <address@hidden>.

To verify the GPG signature of the release, you will need the public
key of the findutils maintainer, James Youngman.  You can download
this from http://savannah.gnu.org/users/jay.  Please note that the key
being used is not the same as the key that was used to sign previous

* Major changes in release 4.5.9, 2010-04-29

** Bug Fixes

#29593: Make import-gnulib.sh work under a POSIX shell.

#29511: fails to build on kfreebsd-*

#27563: -L breaks -execdir

#19593: -execdir .... {} + has suboptimal performance (see below)

** Translations

Updated translations: Chinese (simplified).

** Performance changes

The find program will once again build argument lists longer than 1
with "-execdir ...+".  The upper limit of 1 argument for execdir was
introduced as a workaround in findutils-4.3.4.   The limit is now
removed, but find still does not issue the maximum possible number of
arguments, since an exec will occur each time find encounters a
subdirectory (if at least one argument is pending).

James Youngman <address@hidden>
GNU findutils maintainer

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