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GNU RCS 5.8.2 available

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: GNU RCS 5.8.2 available
Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 10:52:56 +0200

release notes:

  More bug fixes and doc improvements.

  This also addresses:


README excerpt:

  GNU RCS (Revision Control System) manages multiple revisions of files.
  RCS can store, retrieve, log, identify, and merge revisions.
  It is useful for files that are revised frequently, e.g.,
  programs, documentation, graphics, and papers.

NEWS excerpt:

  - 5.8.2 | 2013-04-04

    - Bugs fixed

      - Wrong symbolic name dereference

        RCS 5.8 introduced a bug whereby commands would incorrectly
        dereference a symbolic name (into a numerical revision number)
        in the presence of multiple symbolic names that share a common
        prefix.  See tests/t803.

      - ‘integrity’ value syntax better specified

        The ‘integrity’ value (if present) is a string composed of a
        system part followed by an optional user part, with formfeed
        (^L, U+0C) separating the two.  Unlike other string values, the
        ‘integrity’ string (either part) must NOT contain '@' (U+40).
        If it does, RCS displays a "spurious '@' in `integrity' value"
        error message and exits failurefully.

        This change restores interop play-space for third-party tools
        that was stricken w/ the RCS 5.8 top-level grammar freeze.  Left
        unspecified is how such tools should divvy up the user part.

    - New manual chapter: RCS file format

        This documents the RCS file format grammar and particulars,
        adapted from rcsfile(5).

    - Manpages refer to info documentation

        They now recommend using "info rcs" for full documentation.

    - Script to trim "junk at end of file" posted

        The "junk at end of file" error occurs for some files due to RCS
        5.8 being more strict about the syntax it accepts.  You can use
        ‘trimrcs’ by Warren Jones:

        to remedy such files while we figure out how best to move such
        functionality into RCS proper.

    - Maintenance tools updated
      - automake (GNU Automake) 1.13.1
      - gnulib-tool (GNU gnulib 2013-03-19 16:08:47) 0.0.7899-34f84
      - makeinfo (GNU Texinfo) 5.1

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