GNU ddrescue 1.26-pre1 is ready for testing here

The sha256sum is:
24eaccd8539b43af094154d22481df2df9ceebd02c7a4a6389ed9289e17a19cd ddrescue-1.26-pre1.tar.lz

Please, test it and report any bugs you find.

GNU ddrescue is a data recovery tool. It copies data from one file or block device (hard disc, cdrom, etc) to another, trying to rescue the good parts first in case of read errors.

Ddrescuelog is a tool that manipulates ddrescue mapfiles, shows mapfile contents, converts mapfiles to/from other formats, compares mapfiles, tests rescue status, and can delete a mapfile if the rescue is done.

The homepage is at

Changes in this version:

* While writing the mapfile, ddrescue now checks the return value of each call to 'fprintf' to catch any temporary failure of 'fprintf' not reported by the system when closing the file. (Hole in mapfile reported by Radomír Tomis).

* Ddrescue now shows the file name in all the diagnostics with a file involved. (Reported by Radomír Tomis).

* Ddrescue now exits with status 1 on fatal read errors. (Suggested by Marco Marques).

* Domain mapfiles may now contain unordered (but not overlapping) blocks when '-L, --loose-domain' is specified. (Suggested by Shaya Potter).

* Ddrescue now scrolls forward after each pass. This keeps on the screen the final status of the previous pass, making it easier to estimate the amount of work done by the current pass. (Based on a suggestion by David Morrison).

* The option synonyms '--*-logfile' and '--pause' have been removed and are no longer recognized.

* Ddrescuelog now can convert between mapfiles and bitmaps of blocks (big and little endian). The new option '-F, --format' has been added to select the input format for '--create-mapfile', or the output format for '--list-blocks' (list, bitmap, bitmap-be, bitmap-le). (Bitmap format proposed by Florian Sedivy).

* Option '-d, --delete-if-done' of ddrescuelog no longer gives an error if the mapfile is read from standard input. Instead it behaves like '-D, --done-status' because there is nothing to delete.

* 'ddrescuelog --show-status' now rounds percentages up to get the sum closer to 100%.

* Three missing '#include <algorithm>' have been added. (Reported by Richard Burkert).

  * The description of the algorithm in the manual has been improved.

Antonio Diaz, GNU ddrescue author and maintainer.

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