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The Heirloom Toolchest

The Heirloom Toolchest is a collection of standard Unix utilities.

Highlights are:

  • Derived from original Unix material released as Open Source by Caldera and Sun.
  • Multiple versions of many utilities are provided to approach compatibility with various specifications and Unix flavors, namely SVID3/SVR4, SVID4/SVR4.2MP, POSIX.2-1992/SUSV2, POSIX.1-2001/SUSV3, and 4BSD (SVR4 /usr/ucb).
  • Support for lines of arbitrary length and in many cases binary input data.
  • Support for multibyte characters in UTF-8 and many East Asian encodings.
  • More than 100 individual utilities including bc, cpio, diff, ed, file, find, grep, man, nawk, oawk, pax, ps, sed, sort, spell, and tar.
  • The cpio utility can read and write zip files, GNU tar files, and the cpio formats of Cray UNICOS, SGI IRIX (-K), SCO UnixWare (-c) and Tru64 UNIX (-e). It is also available with the pax interface.
  • Extensive documentation including a manual page for any utility.
  • Runs on Linux, Solaris, Open UNIX, HP-UX, AIX, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD.
For more information, a complete list of utilities, and online access to manual pages, see the introduction. Note that the path names mentioned in these pages are configurable and may differ from those on an installed system.

For installation instructions, see the README.

The list of CHANGES.

Browse the CVS repository.

Download the source code


$ cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@heirloom.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/heirloom \
CVS password:<just type return>
$ cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@heirloom.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/heirloom \
	co -P heirloom
to retrieve a copy. Follow these instructions for more information. If you want to report a problem, please look at the CHANGES file to see if it has already been resolved,

Gunnar Ritter <gunnarr@acm.org> 2010-06-20

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