Release Notes: The license was changed to the GPLv3. Directory permission handling was changed. Error checking and diagnostics were improved. Exit codes were modified. MinGW builds are now supported. Several bugs were fixed.
Release Notes: NLS support was added. The configure script was improved. Invocation consistency checking and help output were improved. The warning about truncation of inode numbers is suppressed by default. The new --to-stdout option extracts files to standard output. The output of "cpio --help" was largely improved. If a file grew n bytes in copy-pass mode, these n bytes got prepended to the contents of all subsequent files. This has been corrected. Padding the archive with zero bytes upon truncation of the file being archived was broken and has been fixed.
Release Notes: There are a lot of fixes. The previous version was released in 1996.