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GNU Guile 1.8.5 released
GNU Guile 1.8.5 released
Wed, 07 May 2008 21:28:42 +0200
Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1 (gnu/linux)
We are pleased to announce GNU Guile release 1.8.5. This is the next
maintenance release for the 1.8 stable series. It provides a number of
portability improvements, bug fixes, as well as several new features.
You can find it here:
SHA1 hash: 3ef611cf5c4998a5bdfc7935765bb68730038614
A GPG detached signature of the package is available at:
The Guile web page is located at http://www.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 interpreter for 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,
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 processing.
Guile can run interactively or as a script interpreter, and is also
packaged as a library so that applications can easily incorporate a
complete Scheme interpreter. 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
This is primarily a bugfix release. Here are the highlights, taken from
the `NEWS' file:
- Infrastructure changes
- Guile repository switched from CVS to Git
- Add support for `pkg-config'
- New modules (see the manual for details)
- `(srfi srfi-88)'
- New features (see the manual for details)
- New `postfix' read option, for SRFI-88 keyword syntax
- Some I/O primitives have been inlined, which improves I/O performance
- New object-based traps infrastructure
- New support for working on Guile code from within Emacs
- Bugs fixed
- `scm_add_slot ()' no longer segfaults (fixes bug #22369)
- Fixed `(ice-9 match)' for patterns like `((_ ...) ...)'
- `(oop goops describe)' now properly provides the `describe' feature
- Fixed `args-fold' from `(srfi srfi-37)'
- `(srfi srfi-35)' is now visible through `cond-expand'
- Fixed type-checking for the second argument of `eval'
- Fixed type-checking for SRFI-1 `partition'
- Fixed `struct-ref' and `struct-set!' on "light structs"
- Honor struct field access rights in GOOPS
- Changed the storage strategy of source properties, which fixes
- Allow compilation of Guile-using programs in C99 mode with GCC 4.3
- Fixed build issue for GNU/Linux on IA64
- Fixed build issues on NetBSD 1.6
- Fixed build issue on Solaris 2.10 x86_64
- Fixed build issue with DEC/Compaq/HP's compiler
- Fixed `scm_from_complex_double' build issue on FreeBSD
- Fixed `alloca' build issue on FreeBSD 6
- Removed use of non-portable makefile constructs
- Fixed shadowing of libc's <random.h> on Tru64, which broke compilation
- Make sure all tests honor `$TMPDIR'
- Changes to the distribution
- New FAQ
Any bugs found in this release will be addressed by further bugfix
releases numbered 1.8.*.
You can follow Guile development in the Git repository and on the Guile
mailing lists. Guile builds from the `master' branch of Git will have
version number 1.9.0.
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 through the Savannah bug tracker:
Alternatively, bug reports can be sent to address@hidden'. We also
welcome reports of successful builds, which can be sent to the same
Ludovic Courtès, on behalf of the Guile team.
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