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Release Digest: GNU, March 21, 2004

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Common Lisp is a high-level, general-purpose programming language. GNU CLISP is a Common Lisp implementation by Bruno Haible of Karlsruhe University and Michael Stoll of Munich University, both in Germany. It mostly supports the Lisp described in the ANSI Common Lisp standard. It runs on microcomputers (Windows NT/2000/XP, Windows 95/98/ME) as well as on Unix workstations (Linux, SVR4, Sun4, DEC Alpha OSF, HP-UX, BeOS, NeXTstep, SGI, AIX and others) and needs only 2 MB of RAM. It is Free Software and may be distributed under the terms of GNU GPL, while it is possible to distribute commercial applications compiled with GNU CLISP.
The user interface comes in German, English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Russian.
GNU CLISP includes an interpreter, a compiler, a debugger, CLOS, a foreign language interface, sockets, i18n, fast bignums and more. An X11 interface is available through CLX, Garnet, CLUE/CLIO. GNU CLISP runs Maxima, ACL2 and many other Common Lisp packages.

More information at
<http://www.gnu.org/software/clisp/>; and
Sources and selected binaries are available by anonymous ftp from
and its mirrors.

2.33 (2004-03-17)

Important notes

User visible changes


  • Improved portability for nearly all platforms: Linux, MacOS X, Solaris, Tru64, HP-UX, AIX, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, BeOS.
  • Removed Acorn RISCOS support.
  • Removed AmigaOS support.
  • Removed support for MSDOS and OS/2, using EMX.
  • Removed support for Borland C compiler on Win32.
  • Added FFI support for x86_64 (AMD64) Linux and PowerPC MacOS X.

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GNU Libidn 0.4.2 alpha

GNU Libidn is an implementation of the Stringprep, Punycode and IDNA specifications defined by the IETF Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) working group, used for internationalized domain names. The library contains a generic Stringprep implementation that does Unicode 3.2 NFKC normalization, mapping and prohibitation of characters, and bidirectional character handling. Profiles for Nameprep, iSCSI, SASL and XMPP are included. Punycode and ASCII Compatible Encoding (ACE) via IDNA are supported. A mechanism to define Top-Level Domain (TLD) specific validation tables, and to compare strings against those tables, is included. Default tables for some TLDs are also included.

Here are the compressed sources:
ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/libidn/libidn-0.4.2.tar.gz (1.6)
http://josefsson.org/libidn/releases/libidn-0.4.2.tar.gz (1.6MB)

Here are GPG detached signatures:

Here are the build reports for various platforms:

Here are the MD5 and SHA1 signatures:

194d3d8e68501d3363f3842d83b96f1f libidn-0.4.2.tar.gz
6bd33d45963945b760fa56e007598bb196a3d893 libidn-0.4.2.tar.gz

Noteworthy changes since version 0.4.0 (the last version announced here):

  • Version 0.4.2 (released 2004-03-20)
    • A Punycode implementation in Java was added, by Oliver Hitz. Eventually hopefully a StringPrep, Nameprep and IDNA implementation will be added as well. Currently you need to specify --enable-java to enable the Java interface. The Java sources (below java/) are compiled into byte-code (not native code) into a JAR library.
    • More translations. Added Danish (by Morten Bo Johansen), French (by Michel Robitaille), Polish (by Jakub Bogusz), and Serbian (by Aleksandar Jelenak).
    • Norwegian TLD table added, by Thomas Jacob.
    • API and ABI is backwards compatible with the previous version.
  • Version 0.4.1 (released 2004-03-08)
    • The user messages from the command line utility are now translated. Currently English and Swedish is supported.
    • Logic of stringprep_locale_charset modified. Future versions will use, in order, $CHARSET iff defined, nl_langinfo (CODESET) iff working, or fall back to returning "ASCII". Earlier it attempted to guess the system locale, in contrast with the current application's locale, via some setlocale save/set/reset magic. This change may require you to invoke setlocale() in your application, which is (should be) required for non-ASCII to work anyway. Based on discussion with Ulrich Drepper.
    • The command-line utility now invoke setlocale (LC_ALL, "") at startup.
    • Fixed SASLprep tables to prohibit non-ASCII space in output. Non-ASCII space has always been mapped to ASCII space, so it is not clear this really have any effect, but the specification require it.
    • Building Libidn as part of GLIBC has been updated. Refer to libc/README for more information. Incidentally, GLIBC in CVS now include a copy of Libidn.
    • API and ABI is backwards compatible with the previous version. IDNA_DLOPEN_ERROR: ADD. Only used internally by Libidn in libc.