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GNU Guile 2.0.4 released

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: GNU Guile 2.0.4 released
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:57:27 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110018 (No Gnus v0.18) Emacs/24.0.90 (gnu/linux)

We are pleased to announce GNU Guile release 2.0.4, the next maintenance
release for the 2.0.x stable series.

The Guile web page is located at .

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 suitable for stand-alone applications.  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.

Here are the compressed sources:   (6.7MB)   (4.1MB)

Here are the GPG detached signatures[*]:

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[*] Use a .sig file to verify that the corresponding file (without the
.sig suffix) is intact.  First, be sure to download both the .sig file
and the corresponding tarball.  Then, run a command like this:

  gpg --verify guile-2.0.4.tar.gz.sig

If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver --recv-keys EA52ECF4

and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.68
  Automake 1.11.2
  Libtool 2.4
  Gnulib v0.0-6827-g39c3009

This release provides many bug fixes, performance improvements, and some
new features.  Here are the highlights, taken from the `NEWS' file:

  * Notable changes

  ** Better debuggability for interpreted procedures.

  Guile 2.0 came with a great debugging experience for compiled
  procedures, but the story for interpreted procedures was terrible.  Now,
  at least, interpreted procedures have names, and the `arity' procedure
  property is always correct (or, as correct as it can be, in the presence
  of `case-lambda').

  ** Support for cross-compilation.

  One can now use a native Guile to cross-compile `.go' files for a
  different architecture.  See the documentation for `--target' in the
  "Compilation" section of the manual, for information on how to use the
  cross-compiler.  See the "Cross building Guile" section of the README,
  for more on how to cross-compile Guile itself.

  ** The return of `local-eval'.

  Back by popular demand, `the-environment' and `local-eval' allow the
  user to capture a lexical environment, and then evaluate arbitrary
  expressions in that context.  There is also a new `local-compile'
  command.  See "Local Evaluation" in the manual, for more.  Special
  thanks to Mark Weaver for an initial implementation of this feature.

  ** Fluids can now have default values.

  Fluids are used for dynamic and thread-local binding.  They have always
  inherited their values from the context or thread that created them.
  However, there was a case in which a new thread would enter Guile, and
  the default values of all the fluids would be `#f' for that thread.

  This has now been fixed so that `make-fluid' has an optional default
  value for fluids in unrelated dynamic roots, which defaults to `#f'.

  ** Garbage collector tuning.

  The garbage collector has now been tuned to run more often under some

  *** Unmanaged allocation

  The new `scm_gc_register_allocation' function will notify the collector
  of unmanaged allocation.  This will cause the collector to run sooner.
  Guile's `scm_malloc', `scm_calloc', and `scm_realloc' unmanaged
  allocators eventually call this function.  This leads to better
  performance under steady-state unmanaged allocation.

  *** Transient allocation

  When the collector runs, it will try to record the total memory
  footprint of a process, if the platform supports this information.  If
  the memory footprint is growing, the collector will run more frequently.
  This reduces the increase of the resident size of a process in response
  to a transient increase in allocation.

  *** Management of threads, bignums

  Creating a thread will allocate a fair amount of memory.  Guile now does
  some GC work (using `GC_collect_a_little') when allocating a thread.
  This leads to a better memory footprint when creating many short-lived

  Similarly, bignums can occupy a lot of memory.  Guile now offers hooks
  to enable custom GMP allocators that end up calling
  `scm_gc_register_allocation'.  These allocators are enabled by default
  when running Guile from the command-line.  To enable them in libraries,
  set the `scm_install_gmp_memory_functions' variable to a nonzero value
  before loading Guile.

  ** SRFI-39 parameters are available by default.

  Guile now includes support for parameters, as defined by SRFI-39, in the
  default environment.  See "Parameters" in the manual, for more
  information.  `current-input-port', `current-output-port', and
  `current-error-port' are now parameters.

  ** Add `current-warning-port'.

  Guile now outputs warnings on a separate port, `current-warning-port',
  initialized to the value that `current-error-port' has on startup.

  ** Syntax parameters.

  Following Racket's lead, Guile now supports syntax parameters.  See
  "Syntax parameters" in the manual, for more.

  Also see Barzilay, Culpepper, and Flatt's 2011 SFP workshop paper,
  "Keeping it Clean with syntax-parameterize".

  ** Parse command-line arguments from the locale encoding.

  Guile now attempts to parse command-line arguments using the user's
  locale.  However for backwards compatibility with other 2.0.x releases,
  it does so without actually calling `setlocale'.  Please report any bugs
  in this facility to address@hidden

  ** One-armed conditionals: `when' and `unless'

  Guile finally has `when' and `unless' in the default environment.  Use
  them whenever you would use an `if' with only one branch.  See
  "Conditionals" in the manual, for more.

  ** `current-filename', `add-to-load-path'

  There is a new form, `(current-filename)', which expands out to the
  source file in which it occurs.  Combined with the new
  `add-to-load-path', this allows simple scripts to easily add nearby
  directories to the load path.  See "Load Paths" in the manual, for more.

  ** `random-state-from-platform'

  This procedure initializes a random seed using good random sources
  available on your platform, such as /dev/urandom.  See "Random Number
  Generation" in the manual, for more.

  ** Warn about unsupported `simple-format' options.

  The `-Wformat' compilation option now reports unsupported format options
  passed to `simple-format'.

  ** Manual updates

  Besides the sections already mentioned, the following manual sections
  are new in this release: "Modules and the File System", "Module System
  Reflection", "Syntax Transformer Helpers", and "Local Inclusion".

  * New interfaces

  ** (ice-9 session): `apropos-hook'
  ** New print option: `escape-newlines', defaults to #t.
  ** (ice-9 ftw): `file-system-fold', `file-system-tree', `scandir'
  ** `scm_c_value_ref': access to multiple returned values from C
  ** scm_call (a varargs version), scm_call_7, scm_call_8, scm_call_9
  ** Some new syntax helpers in (system syntax)

  Search the manual for these identifiers and modules, for more.

  * Build fixes

  ** FreeBSD build fixes.
  ** OpenBSD compilation fixes.
  ** Solaris 2.10 test suite fixes.
  ** IA64 compilation fix.
  ** MinGW build fixes.
  ** Work around instruction reordering on SPARC and HPPA in the VM.
  ** Gnulib updates: added `dirfd', `setenv' modules.

  * Bug fixes

  ** Add a deprecated alias for $expt.
  ** Add an exception printer for `getaddrinfo-error'.
  ** Add deprecated shim for `scm_display_error' with stack as first argument.
  ** Add warnings for unsupported `simple-format' options.
  ** Allow overlapping regions to be passed to `bytevector-copy!'.
  ** Better function prologue disassembly
  ** Compiler: fix miscompilation of (values foo ...) in some contexts.
  ** Compiler: fix serialization of #nil-terminated lists.
  ** Compiler: allow values bound in non-tail let expressions to be collected.
  ** Deprecate SCM_ASRTGO.
  ** Document invalidity of (begin) as expression; add back-compat shim.
  ** Don't leak file descriptors when mmaping objcode.
  ** Empty substrings no longer reference the original stringbuf.
  ** FFI: Fix `set-pointer-finalizer!' to leave the type cell unchanged.
  ** FFI: Hold a weak reference to the CIF made by `procedure->pointer'.
  ** FFI: Hold a weak reference to the procedure passed to `procedure->pointer'.
  ** FFI: Properly unpack small integer return values in closure call.
  ** Fix R6RS `fold-left' so the accumulator is the first argument.
  ** Fix bit-set*! bug from 2005.
  ** Fix bug in `make-repl' when `lang' is actually a <language>.
  ** Fix bugs related to mutation, the null string, and shared substrings.
  ** Fix <dynwind> serialization.
  ** Fix erroneous check in `set-procedure-properties!'.
  ** Fix generalized-vector-{ref,set!} for slices.
  ** Fix error messages involving definition forms.
  ** Fix primitive-eval to return #<unspecified> for definitions.
  ** HTTP: Extend handling of "Cache-Control" header.
  ** HTTP: Fix qstring writing of cache-extension values
  ** HTTP: Fix validators for various list-style headers.
  ** HTTP: Permit non-date values for Expires header.
  ** HTTP: `write-request-line' writes absolute paths, not absolute URIs.
  ** Hack the port-column of current-output-port after printing a prompt.
  ** Make sure `regexp-quote' tests use Unicode-capable string ports.
  ** Peval: Fix bugs in the new optimizer.
  ** Statistically unique marks and labels, for robust hygiene across sessions.
  ** Web: Allow URIs with empty authorities, like "file:///etc/hosts".
  ** `,language' at REPL sets the current-language fluid.
  ** `primitive-load' returns the value(s) of the last expression.
  ** `scm_from_stringn' always returns unique strings.
  ** `scm_i_substring_copy' tries to narrow the substring.
  ** i18n: Fix gc_malloc/free mismatch on non-GNU systems.

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 2.1.x.

Guile versions with an odd middle number, e.g., 2.1.*, 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, on behalf of the Guile team.

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