Release Notes

busybox-w32 version FRP-3128-g241d4d4ac was released on 2019-04-26. It is the current release. For other release notes see:

Absolute paths

Because of its Unix heritage busybox-w32 uses certain well-known absolute paths:

On Windows these paths are considered to be relative to the current drive. To avoid ambiguity busybox-w32 treats such paths as relative to the system drive, the one specified in the SYSTEMDRIVE environment variable.

Drive-specific current directories

Windows has special treatment for paths of the form C:path, that is, without a path separator after the colon. These are considered to be relative to the current directory of the specified drive. Unix has no concept of separate drives and support for such paths in busybox-w32 was unsatisfactory.

A number of improvements have been made:

In related work busybox-w32 makes greater efforts to display the current directory with the correct case.

vi applet

The vi applet in busybox-w32 is unable to track changes to the size of its console window. If the console size is changed the Ctrl-L command can be used to update the display. A bug in the implementation of this feature has been fixed.

Both vi and less now use an alternate screen buffer for their displays. Closing these applets restores the original contents of the screen.

reset applet

The new reset applet clears the console window, including the buffer of previous lines. Contrast this with clear which only clears the visible lines.

df applet

There are minor improvements to the df applet:

Line editing

Tab-completion of paths starting with ~/ was unintentionally removed in FRP-2501-g858091c25. It has been reinstated.

Changes imported from upstream

busybox-w32 has been synchronised with upstream BusyBox. As a result the following features have become available: