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Release Digest: GNU, February 6, 2003

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Guile 1.6.3

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new Guile release.
This is the next maintenance release for the 1.6 stable series.

You can find it here:


Guile is Project GNU's extension language library, an interpreter for
Scheme, packaged as a library that you can link into your applications
to give them their own scripting language.  Guile should eventually
support other languages as well, giving users of Guile-based
applications a choice of languages.

This is primarily a bugfix release.  Highlights include:

  - Some minor problems with the distribution tarfile have been fixed.

    A few files that are automatically generated at build time were
    removed from the distribution tarfile.  These changes should not
    affect most people, but are relevant to those trying to generate a
    post "make distclean" diff against the release tarfile.

See the NEWS file for further information about this release.

The Guile WWW page is located at


It contains a link to the Guile FAQ and pointers to the mailing lists,
among other things.

Any bugs found in this release will be addressed by further bugfix
releases numbered 1.6.*.  The next stable Guile release with
significant functional improvements will be version 1.8.0.

In between 1.6.x and 1.8.x, you can follow Guile development in CVS
and in the Guile mailing lists (see ANON-CVS and HACKING).  Guile
builds from the development branch of CVS will have version number

Guile versions with an odd middle number, i.e. 1.5.* are unstable
development versions.  Even middle numbers indicate stable versions.
This has been the case since the 1.3.* series.

Please send bug reports to bug-guile@gnu.org.

Rob Browning
rlb @defaultvalue.org, @linuxdevel.com, and @debian.org
Previously @cs.utexas.edu
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Jwhois 3.2.1

A new release of jwhois has been prepared. jwhois is an advanced
version of the standard Whois client that can be configured extensively
by the end user.  The 3.2.1 updates the example configuration for
recent changes in several top level domains, including .org.

The distribution archive can be retrieved from the /gnu/jwhois
directory on ftp ftp.gnu.org, or any of the mirrors listed on
http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html. Information about the software can
be found on http://www.gnu.org/software/jwhois/.

Bug reports should go to bug-jwhois@gnu.org.


  I do not read or respond to mail with HTML attachments.


texinfo 4.5

I have released version 4.5 of Texinfo, the GNU documentation format,
with supporting programs.  

The only notable change is fixing a bug I introduced in 4.4 -- info
couldn't find compressed files.  Sorry.

You can get it by anonymous ftp from
and its mirrors worldwide (see http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html).

The Texinfo home page is http://www.gnu.org/software/texinfo/.

Please email bugs or suggestions to bug-texinfo@gnu.org,
general discussion to help-texinfo@gnu.org.


4.5 (4 February 2003)
* info:
  . a bug in 4.4 prevented compressed info files from being found.
* Distribution:
  . detect sys/ptem.h on Solaris.

4.4 (31 January 2003)
* Language:
  . The ' (ASCII apostrophe/right quote) character is finally allowed in
    node and anchor names.  Thus, after installing this texinfo.tex,
    existing .aux files will cause errors!  Remove them and rerun TeX to
    generate good ones.
  . @value constructs are now expanded in the filename arguments to
    @include and @verbatiminclude.
* makeinfo:
  . bug fix: @copying text is now reflected in tag table positions;
    before, nodes may not have been found with a long-enough @copying.
  . bug fix: html @verb arg is quoted properly, and does not imply
    a paragraph break.
* texinfo.tex:
  . @smallexample and the like now output in a smaller font (9pt) in all
    paper formats, not just @smallbook and @afourpaper.
  . new translation txi-tr.tex.
  . bug fix: <>| and other characters do not disappear when they are
    first on a line in @verbatim.
* install-info:
  . bug fix: don't translate the `* Menu' info keyword.
* info:
  . CTRL-H is treated like DEL in incremental search.
  . arrow keys once again work in isearch contexts under Solaris.
* infokey:
  . use .info key bindings before defaults.
  . allow prefix keys to be disabled.
* Distribution:
  . update to GNU FDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl.html).
  . getopt and other common library files updated from gnulib
  . autoconf 2.57, automake 1.7.2.