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First beta for gawk 3.1.3 now available

From: Aharon Robbins
Subject: First beta for gawk 3.1.3 now available
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 14:45:50 +0300

Greetings all.  The first beta for gawk 3.1.3 is now available.
You have your choice of download protocol and compression format.

If no one reports major problems, I'd like to release 3.1.3 next week.

PLEASE TEST THIS ONE OUT.  I want 3.1.3 to be stable for a long time.

The relevant part of the NEWS file is appended.

Changes from 3.1.2 to 3.1.3

1. Gawk now follows POSIX in handling of local numeric formats for
   input, output and number/string conversions.

2. Multibyte detection improved.  See README_d/README.multibyte for more
   info about multibyte locales.

3. Handling of close() made more POSIX-compliant for POSIXLY_CORRECT,
   see the documentation.

4. The record reading code was redone, again.  This time it's much
   better. Really!

5. For RS = "\n" and RS = "", gawk now only sets RT when it has changed.
   This provides considerable performance improvement.

6. match() now sets all the subscripts in the third argument array
   correctly, even if not all subexpressions matched.

7. Updated to Automake 1.7.5. renamed

8. C-style switch statements are available, but must be enabled at
   compile time via `configure --enable-switch'.  For 3.2 they'll be
   enabled by default. Thanks to Michael Benzinger for the initial

9. %c now always prints no more than one character, whatever
   precision is provided.

10. strtonum(<number>) now works again.

11. Gawk is now much better about scalar/array typing of global
    uninitiailzed variables passed as parameters. Once the parameter
    is then used one way or the other, the global var's type is
    adjusted accordingly.  Thanks to Stepan Kasal for the original
    (considerable) changes.

12. Dynamic function loading under WIN32 should now be possible. See
    README_d/README.pcdynamic. Thanks to Patrick T.J. McPhee for the changes.

13. Updated to gettext 0.12.1.
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