[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

m4-1.4.18b released [beta]

From: Eric Blake
Subject: m4-1.4.18b released [beta]
Date: Sat, 8 May 2021 05:21:51 -0500
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:78.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/78.10.1

Hello M4 users,

GNU M4 1.4.18b has been released.  This release is a minor update, and
is marked beta in order to give translators the time to upload
translations before the stable 1.4.19 is released later this month.  The
bulk of the changes have been to portability fixes inherited from
gnulib, since it has been more than four years since the last release.

GNU 'm4' is an implementation of the traditional Unix macro processor.
It is mostly SVR4 compatible, although it has some extensions (for
example, handling more than 9 positional parameters to macros).  'm4'
also has built-in functions for including files, running shell commands,
doing arithmetic, etc.  Autoconf needs GNU 'm4' for generating
'configure' scripts, but not for running them.

Here are the compressed sources:
  https://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/m4/m4-1.4.18b.tar.gz   (2.6MB)
  https://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/m4/m4-1.4.18b.tar.bz2   (2.0MB)
  https://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/m4/m4-1.4.18b.tar.xz   (1.5MB)

Here are the GPG detached signatures[*]:

Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:

[*] 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 m4-1.4.18b.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 keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys A7A16B4A2527436A

and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.71
  Automake 1.16.3
  Gnulib v0.1-4611-g7cc8d8aa0d


* Noteworthy changes in release 1.4.18b (2021-05-07) [beta]

** The symbol hash table now defaults to 65537 buckets instead of 509, as
   modern systems have enough memory to benefit from fewer hash collisions
   by default.

** Introduce the use of gettext, with the immediate benefit of nicer
   UTF-8 author names.  Over time, more translations of program messages
   will become available.

** A number of portability improvements inherited from gnulib.

Eric Blake, on behalf of the GNU M4 team

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]