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GNU Guile 1.8.2 released
GNU Guile 1.8.2 released
Mon, 16 Jul 2007 23:48:53 +0200
Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1 (gnu/linux)
We are pleased to announce GNU Guile release 1.8.2. This is the next
maintenance release for the 1.8 stable series.
You can find it here:
SHA1 checksum: b5c624b152a45f302e185e20a468a02f2eb73e38
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, 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 hand.
This is primarily a bugfix release. Please see the NEWS file for a
full summary of the changes, but here are the highlights:
- New procedures (see the manual for details)
- Incompatible changes
- The body of a top-level `define' no longer sees the binding being
In a top-level `define', the binding being created is no longer
visible from the `define' body. This breaks code like "(define
foo (begin (set! foo 1) (+ foo 1)))", where `foo' is now unbound
in the body. However, such code was not R5RS-compliant anyway,
per Section 5.2.1.
- Bugs fixed
- Fractions were not `equal?' if stored in unreduced form.
- srfi-60 `copy-bit' failed on 64-bit systems
- "guile --use-srfi" option at the REPL can replace core functions
(Programs run with that option were ok, but in the interactive REPL
the core bindings got priority, preventing SRFI replacements or
- `regexp-exec' doesn't abort() on #\nul in the input or bad flags
- `kill' on mingw throws an error for a PID other than oneself
- Procedure names are attached to procedure-with-setters
- Array read syntax works with negative lower bound
- `array-in-bounds?' fix if an array has different lower bounds on
- `*' returns exact 0 for "(* inexact 0)"
- SRFI-19: Value returned by `(current-time time-process)' was
- SRFI-19: `date->julian-day' did not account for timezone offset
- `ttyname' no longer crashes when passed a non-tty argument
- `inet-ntop' no longer crashes on SPARC when passed an `AF_INET'
- Small memory leaks have been fixed in `make-fluid' and
- GOOPS: Fixed a bug in `method-more-specific?'
- Build problems on Solaris fixed
- Build problems on HP-UX IA64 fixed
- Build problems on MinGW fixed
Any bugs found in this release will be addressed by further bugfix
releases numbered 1.8.*.
You can follow Guile development in CVS and on the Guile mailing lists
(see ANON-CVS and HACKING). Guile builds from the development branch
of CVS 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 send bug reports to address@hidden'.
Ludovic Courtès, on behalf of the Guile team.
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