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GNU Guile 1.9.14 released (beta)
GNU Guile 1.9.14 released (beta)
Fri, 17 Dec 2010 22:23:48 +0100
Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/23.2 (gnu/linux)
We are pleased to announce GNU Guile release 1.9.14. This may be the
last pre-release before the 2.0 release.
It provides many new noteworthy features, most notably the addition of a
compiler and virtual machine. We encourage you to test them and provide
feedback to address@hidden'.
The Guile web page is located at http://gnu.org/software/guile/, and
among other things, it contains a link to the Guile FAQ and pointers to
the mailing lists.
Guile is an implementation of the Scheme programming language, with
support for many SRFIs, packaged for use in a wide variety of
environments. In addition to implementing the R5RS Scheme standard and
a large subset of R6RS, Guile includes a module system, full access to
POSIX system calls, networking support, multiple threads, dynamic
linking, a foreign function call interface, and powerful string
Guile can run interactively, as a script interpreter, and as a Scheme
compiler to VM bytecode. It is also packaged as a library so that
applications can easily incorporate a complete Scheme interpreter/VM.
An application can use Guile as an extension language, a clean and
powerful configuration language, or as multi-purpose "glue" to connect
primitives provided by the application. It is easy to call Scheme code
From C code and vice versa. Applications can add new functions, data
types, control structures, and even syntax to Guile, to create a
domain-specific language tailored to the task at hand.
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This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
This is a new release series with many new features and differences
compared to 1.8. The complete list of changes compared to the 1.8.x
series is available in the `NEWS' file.
Changes since the 1.9.13 pre-release:
** New module: `(ice-9 futures)'.
See "Futures" in the manual, for more information.
** Add bindings to GNU `sched_setaffinity' and `sched_getaffinity'.
See "Processes" in the manual, for more information.
** New module `(srfi srfi-38)',
External Representation for Data With Shared Structure
See "SRFI-38" in the manual, for more information. Thanks to Andreas
** New module: `(web uri)', URI data type, parser, and unparser
** New module: `(web http)', HTTP header parsers and unparsers
** New module: `(web request)', HTTP request data type, reader, and writer
** New module: `(web response)', HTTP response data type, reader, and writer
** New module: `(web server)', Generic HTTP server
** New module: `(ice-9 poll)', a poll wrapper
** New module: `(web server http)', HTTP-over-TCP web server implementation
See "Web" in the manual, for more information, but as a taste of things,
try the following command line:
Then visit http://localhost:8080/ in your web browser. Let us know how
** Better Emacs Lisp implementation
Brian Templeton's Summer-of-Code work was finally merged in, which
should improve the state of Guile's Elisp support. There is still some
work to do, so patches are welcome!
** R6RS fixes
There were many fixes and enhancements to the R6RS support. Thanks to
Julian Graham, Andreas Rottmann, and Göran Weinholt.
** Expression-oriented readline history
Guile's readline history now tries to operate on expressions instead of
input lines. Let us know what you think!
** Better syntax errors
The Scheme expander, Ecmascript compiler, and other language
implementations now produce more useful syntax errors. The default
error handlers print them out more nicely now.
** Lots of documentation updates
In particular, the documentation for GOOPS and regular expressions has
seen some work. Unfortunately the code has come too fast and furious
for full documentary folios, so some of the new modules are still
** Better pretty-printing
Indentation recognizes more special forms, like `syntax-case', and read
macros like `quote' are printed better.
** Multicast socket options
Support was added for the IP_MULTICAST_TTL and IP_MULTICAST_IF socket
options. See "Network Sockets and Communication" in the manual, for
** Deprecate `cuserid'
`cuserid' has been deprecated, as it only returns 8 bytes of a user's
login. Use `(passwd:name (getpwuid (geteuid)))' instead.
** New procedure `reload-module', and `,reload' REPL command
See "Module System Reflection" and "Module Commands" in the manual, for
** New `,in' REPL command
See "Module Commands" in the manual, for more information.
** Allow user-defined REPL meta-commands
This feature is not documented yet. See `define-meta-command' in
`(system repl command)'.
** Add support for unbound fluids
See `make-unbound-fluid', `fluid-unset!', and `fluid-bound?' in the
** Add `variable-unset!'
See "Variables" in the manual, for more details.
** New procedures: `compose', `negate', and `const'
See "Higher-Order Functions" in the manual, for more information.
** Command line additions
The guile binary now supports a new switch "-x", which can be used to
extend the list of filename extensions tried when loading files
** And of course, the usual collection of bugfixes
Interested users should see the ChangeLog for more information.
You can follow Guile development in the Git repository and on the Guile
mailing lists. Guile builds from the `master' branch of Git have
version number 1.9.x.
Guile versions with an odd middle number, e.g., 1.9.*, are unstable
development versions. Even middle numbers indicate stable versions.
This has been the case since the 1.3.* series.
Please report bugs to address@hidden'. We also welcome reports of
successful builds, which can be sent to the same email address.
Ludovic Courtès, on behalf of the Guile team.
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