GNU Core Utilities

Appearance move to sidebar hide GNU Core Utilities
Developer(s)GNU Project
Stable release9.5 Edit this on Wikidata / 28 March 2024
Repository
Written inC, shell script
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeMiscellaneous utilities
License2007: GPL-3.0-or-later
2002: GPL-2.0-or-later
Websitewww.gnu.org/software/coreutils/

The GNU Core Utilities or coreutils is a package of GNU software containing implementations for many of the basic tools, such as cat, ls, and rm, which are used on Unix-like operating systems.

In September 2002, the GNU coreutils were created by merging the earlier packages textutils, shellutils, and fileutils, along with some other miscellaneous utilities. In July 2007, the license of the GNU coreutils was updated from GPL-2.0-or-later to GPL-3.0-or-later.

The GNU core utilities support long options as parameters to the commands, as well as the relaxed convention allowing options even after the regular arguments (unless the POSIXLY_CORRECT environment variable is set). This environment variable enables a different functionality in BSD.

See the List of GNU Core Utilities commands for a brief description of included commands.

Alternative implementation packages are available in the FOSS ecosystem, with a slightly different scope and focus, or license. For example, BusyBox which is licensed under GPL-2.0-only, and Toybox which is licensed under 0BSD.

History

In 1990, David MacKenzie announced GNU fileutils.

In 1991, MacKenzie announced GNU shellutils and GNU textutils. Moreover, Jim Meyering became the maintainer of the packages (known now as coreutils) and has remained so since.

In 2002, Meyering announced GNU coreutils as a merger of the earlier packages textutils, shellutils, and fileutils, along with some other miscellaneous utilities.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ GPL-3.0-or-later since version 6.10.
  2. ^ GPL-2.0-or-later until version 6.9.

References

  1. ^ Pádraig Brady (28 March 2024). "coreutils-9.5 released ". Retrieved 28 March 2024.
  2. ^ "The GNU Core Utilities Open Source Project on Open Hub: Languages Page". Archived from the original on 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  3. ^ a b Meyering, Jim (2003-01-13). "README-package-renamed-to-coreutils". Archived from the original on 2019-12-25. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  4. ^ Meyering, Jim (2007-07-23). "COPYING: Update to Version 3". Archived from the original on 2019-12-25. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  5. ^ "GNU file utilities release 1.0". groups.google.com.
  6. ^ "GNU shell programming utilities released". groups.google.com.
  7. ^ "new GNU file and text utilities released". groups.google.com.
  8. ^ "GNU's Who".

External links