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[commit-womb] womb/gnustatus gnustatus-2011-01.texi

From: Karl Berry
Subject: [commit-womb] womb/gnustatus gnustatus-2011-01.texi
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2010 00:21:28 +0000

CVSROOT:        /sources/womb
Module name:    womb
Changes by:     Karl Berry <karl>       10/12/25 00:21:28

Modified files:
        gnustatus      : gnustatus-2011-01.texi 

Log message:
        binutils, coreutils, grep


Index: gnustatus-2011-01.texi
RCS file: /sources/womb/womb/gnustatus/gnustatus-2011-01.texi,v
retrieving revision 1.7
retrieving revision 1.8
diff -u -b -r1.7 -r1.8
--- gnustatus-2011-01.texi      23 Dec 2010 17:47:14 -0000      1.7
+++ gnustatus-2011-01.texi      25 Dec 2010 00:21:28 -0000      1.8
@@ -1,5 +1,5 @@
 \input texinfo   @c -*-texinfo-*-
address@hidden $Id: gnustatus-2011-01.texi,v 1.7 2010/12/23 17:47:14 karl Exp $
address@hidden $Id: gnustatus-2011-01.texi,v 1.8 2010/12/25 00:21:28 karl Exp $
 @comment %**start of header
 @set mytitle GNU Status Reports: January 2011
@@ -52,10 +52,14 @@
 @end ifnottex
+* Binutils::
+* Coreutils::
 * Electric::
 * Freefont::
 * Gawk::
+* GNUCOMM::     GNU Telecom subsystem.
 * GNUtrition::
+* Grep::
 * GSASL::       GNU Simple Authentication and Security Layer.
 * GSEGrafix::
 * GSL::         GNU Scientific Library.
@@ -66,6 +70,91 @@
 @end menu
address@hidden Binutils
address@hidden Binutils (@url{})
+From Nick Clifton: The GNU Binary Utilities project (@code{binutils}
+to its friends) is continuing active development.  Version 2.21 has
+just been released containing many bug fixes and some new features:
address@hidden @bullet
address@hidden Support has been added for the TMS320C6000 (TI C6X) processor
+family and Renesas RX processor families.
address@hidden Support has been added for the Alpha VMS target.
address@hidden The linker option @option{--add-needed} has been renamed to
address@hidden in order to avoid confusion with
+the @option{--as-needed} option.
address@hidden The linker's @file{.def} file syntax has been extended by
+allowing the syntax @code{== @var{id}} for imports and exports. This
+allows aliases of the import/export table names to written in PE
address@hidden The @code{objcopy} program now supports a
address@hidden option to allow copying a range of bytes
+from the input to the output with the @option{--interleave} option.
address@hidden The readelf tool can now display ARM unwind tables using the
address@hidden option.  It can also display dynamic symbol tables
+with the @option{--dyn-syms} option.
address@hidden A new tool @command{elfedit} has been added to directly 
manipulate ELF
+format binaries.
address@hidden The @command{addr2line} tool now accepts an @option{--addresses}
+option to display the address before function name or source filename.
+It also accepts @option{--pretty-print} to have a more human readable
address@hidden @command{gas} now understands an extended syntax in the
address@hidden directive flags for COFF targets that allows the
+section's alignment to be specified.
address@hidden @command{gas} also has a new command line option
address@hidden, which requests compression of
+DWARF debug information sections in the relocatable output file.
+Compressed debug sections are supported by @command{readelf},
address@hidden, and @command{gold}, but not currently by GNU
address@hidden The @command{gold} linker now supports @code{MEMORY} regions in
+linker scripts.
address@hidden itemize
+Meanwhile work continues on @code{ld} to add support for plugins and
+compressed debug sections.  @code{gold} is improving and soon will be
+able to replace @code{ld} for linking important projects like the
+Linux kernel.
+The next release of the binutils is expected in the middle of 2011.
address@hidden Coreutils
address@hidden Coreutils (@url{})
+From Jim Meyering: We've just released @file{coreutils-8.8}, which
+fixes a number of relatively important bugs
+(@url{}).  Most
+were in @command{sort} and were introduced via the parallelization
+support that was added in @file{coreutils-8.6}.
+The only significant non-bug-fix change was to add a useful set of
+features to @command{split} that lets you split input into @var{n}
+roughly-equal pieces, with options to split on line boundaries or not,
+and, when honoring line boundaries, to distribute lines in a
+round-robin fashion or not.  See the manual via @samp{info split} for
+details and examples, or online at
+On the upcoming front, we should soon resume work on getting the
+FIEMAP (efficient sparse copying) code into the master development
 @node Electric
 @section Electric (@url{})
@@ -84,7 +173,7 @@
 @node Freefont
 @section Freefont (@url{})
-From Steve White: in GNU FreeFont release 20100919, several language
+From Steve White: In GNU FreeFont release 20100919, several language
 scripts were added:
 @itemize @bullet
@@ -129,6 +218,36 @@
 @end itemize
address@hidden GNUCOMM
address@hidden GNUCOMM (@url{})
+From David Sugar: GNUCOMM is the umbrella name for the GNU Telephony
+system.  It includes several packages: Bayonne, Sipwitch, and
+supporting libraries ccAudio, ccRTP, ccScript, and CommonCPP.
+The ZRTP communication protocol is spreading as a free (as in freedom)
+means to communicate privately with GNU GPL licensed software.  We are
+close to releasing ZRTP for Android (@code{libcppzrtp} already builds
+on the Android NDK), along with a complete Android client built off of
+CSipSimple for Android. 
+We of course continue to maintain full compatibility and
+interoperability with the emerging IETF ZRTP draft standards, and with
+ZRTP for Android will now cover even more users.  Previously we saw
+GNU ZRTP4J, which is used in SIP Communicator (a cross-platform Java
+client for GNU/Linux, OS/X, Windows, and others), as well as Twinkle
+(a QT ZRTP agent), so ZRTP for Android will extend this reach further.
+In GNU uCommon, there is also greater emphesis on secure communication
+and crytographic practices in application development, using a new
+secure library which was introduced earlier this year.  It also acts
+as a generic wrapper for either GNUTLS or OpenSSL (with a configure
+preference for the former).  This is still evolving.  It fits into our
+overall effort in developing secure communications and promoting
+privacy in application development by default by making it easier to
+do so, an overall goal for GNU Telephony.
 @node GNUtrition
 @section GNUtrition (@url{})
@@ -143,6 +262,18 @@
 food items.
address@hidden Grep
address@hidden Grep (@url{})
+From Jim Meyering: Grep saw several maintenance releases in 2010.
+There have been a few minor bug fixes since the last release, and
+there's at least one pending, unfixed bug that is triggered when
+performing a case-insensitive search that finds a match on a line
+containing a Turkish upper-case @code{I}
+Once that is fixed, I expect to make another release.
 @node GSASL
 @section GSASL (@url{})
@@ -267,7 +398,7 @@
 @node Texinfo
 @section Texinfo (@url{})
-From Karl Berry: we hope the next major release of Texinfo will be
+From Karl Berry: We hope the next major release of Texinfo will be
 made in 2011, after several years of development.  Thanks to my
 colleague Patrice Dumas, the Makeinfo program has been completely
 rewritten in Perl while retaining essentially complete compatibility.

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