These are the GNU core utilities. This package is the union of the GNU fileutils, sh-utils, and textutils packages.
minor feature: cp, mv, and install no longer run into undefined behavior when handling ACLs on Cygwin and Solaris platforms. bug introduced in coreutils-8.24 cp --parents --no-preserve=mode, no longer copies permissions from source directories, instead using default permissions for created directories. bug introduced in coreutils-5.93 chcon, chgrp, chmod, chown, du, and rm, or specifically utilities using the FTS interface, now diagnose failures returned by readdir(). this bug was inherent in the use of fts: thus, for rm the bug was introduced in coreutils-8.0. du, chmod, chgrp and chown started using fts in 6.0. chcon was added in coreutils-6.9.91 with fts support. date, du, ls, and pr no longer mishandle time zone abbreviations on System V style platforms where this information is available only in the global variable 'tzname'. bug introduced in coreutils-8.24 factor again outputs immediately when numbers are input interactively. bug introduced in coreutils-8.24 head no longer tries to process non-seekable input as seekable, which resulted in failures on FreeBSD 11 at least. bug introduced in coreutils-8.24 install -DZ and mkdir -pZ now set default SELinux context correctly even if two or more directories nested in each other are created and each of them defaults to a different SELinux context. ls --time-style no longer mishandles ' b' in formats. bug introduced in coreutils-7.2 md5sum --check --ignore-missing no longer treats files with checksums starting with "00" as missing. This also affects sha*sum. bug introduced with the --ignore-missing feature in coreutils-8.25 nl now resets numbering for each page section rather than just for each page. This bug was present in "the beginning".