I am pleased to announce the release of GNU ddrescue 1.26.

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.

GNU 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 http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/ddrescue.html

The sources can be downloaded from http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/ddrescue/ http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/ddrescue/ or from your favorite GNU mirror.

The sha256sum is:
e513cd3a90d9810dfdd91197d40aa40f6df01597bfb5ecfdfb205de1127c551f ddrescue-1.26.tar.lz

This release is also GPG signed. You can download the signature by appending '.sig' to the URL. If the 'gpg --verify' command fails because you don't have the required public key, then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys 8FE99503132D7742

Key fingerprint = 1D41 C14B 272A 2219 A739  FA4F 8FE9 9503 132D 7742

Changes in version 1.26:

* 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).

* Domain mapfiles may now contain unordered and overlapping blocks when '-L, --loose-domain' is specified as long as no block overlaps with other block of different status. (Suggested by Gábor Katona and Shaya Potter).

* 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).

  * Empty phases are now completely skipped.

* 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).

* In case of error in a numerical argument to a command line option, ddrescue now shows the name of the option and the range of valid values.

* 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 ddrescuelog. It selects the input format for '--create-mapfile', or the output format for '--list-blocks'. (Bitmap format proposed by Florian Sedivy).

* Option '-d, --delete-if-done' of ddrescuelog no longer returns 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.

Please send bug reports and suggestions to bug-ddrescue@gnu.org

Antonio Diaz, GNU ddrescue author and maintainer.

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http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/manual/lzip_manual.html#Quality-assurance and
http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/safety_of_the_lzip_format.html Thanks.

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