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GnuCOBOL 3.2 Release Candidate

From: Simon Sobisch
Subject: GnuCOBOL 3.2 Release Candidate
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2023 20:09:53 +0100
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The release of GnuCOBOL 3.2 is imminent.

Please help to make this release as good as possible by downloading
and testing this release candidate.

You can find the source downloads as always on and on the SourceForge mirror:

The changes from GnuCOBOL 3.1 to 3.2 are _huge_ but the highlights are:

* improved dialect handling including changed defaults to better match
  the selected dialect (see NEWS if you compile with any -std to know
  more about the implications), a complete new dialect GCOS and support
  for more COBOL statements, intrinsic functions and syntax from both
  "old" and new dialects

* highly improved run-times for several statements, along with
  less memory usage, especially if runtime checks are enabled

* fileio changes to support LINE-SEQUENTIAL per COBOL2023 and runtime
  options to change the way files are handled, see NEWS and runtime.cfg

* improvements for source-level debugging via GDB and coredump support

* improvements for reproducible builds

See the NEWS file for more details on all of the changes.

If no problems are found, GnuCOBOL 3.2.0 should be released
around 2023-02-03. It is expected that both the documentation and the internal testsuite is extended until then.

Simon Sobisch

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