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Release Digest: GNU, August 22, 2004

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gnubik 2.2

I'm pleased to announce a new release of gnubik

GNUbik 2.2

  • Added video-style buttons for playing/replaying sequences of moves.
  • Various bugs fixed.
  • Minor cosmetic improvements to the user interface.
  • Added a Basque and a Catalan localisation.
  • As of this release, GTK+ is the definitive widget set. The Athena compile time option will no longer be maintained.

GNU Source-highlight 1.10

Sorry, the ftp link in the previous e-mail was wrong. Here's the correct one.

GNU Source-highlight 1.10 has been released. It is available from and mirrors of that site (see list of mirror sites at

GNU Source-highlight, given a source file, produces a document with syntax highlighting.

At the moment this package can handle

  • Java
  • Javascript
  • C/C++
  • Prolog
  • Perl
  • Php3
  • Python
  • Flex
  • ChangeLog
  • Ruby
  • Lua
  • Caml
  • Sml
  • Log files (new)

as source languages, and

ANSI color escape sequences (new)

as output format.

Version 1.10

  • Added scanner for log files (also for iptables and apache logs) thanks to Jan Tatarik
  • Fixed some bugs in the perl scanner (thanks to Geir Nilsen)
  • configure checks for ios_base
  • check for the right ar to use, fixes problems under Sun compilers (thanks to Paul Townsend)

Visit the Source-highlight home page at

Anonymous CVS access is also available. Please visit where you can find detailed descriptions of how to access the CVS (read-only). Release-candidate versions are available through CVS.

Bug reports should go to

The following mailing lists are available:

if you want to subscribe to a mailing list just go to the URL and follow the instructions, or send me an e-mail and I'll subscribe you.



AUCTeX 11.52

After a lot of gnashing of teeth and prodding around in things and fishing out the last bugs, this should finally be the release that installs and works cleanly on all supported platforms. I apologize for the unintended frequency of announcements.

The auctex-emacs-11.52-1.fedora/.*.rpm files have a dependency issue and will not install when preview-latex is installed (unless you use the --nodeps option). Use auctex-11.52-2.fedora.src.rpm/ and/or auctex-emacs-11.52-2.fedora.noarch.rpm instead.

Release notes for AUCTeX 11.52

AUCTeX provides by far the most wide-spread and sophisticated environment for editing LaTeX, TeX, ConTeXt and Texinfo documents with Emacs or XEmacs. Combined with packages like RefTeX, preview-latex, flyspell and others it is pretty much without peer as a comprehensive authoring solution for a large variety of operating system platforms and TeX distributions. It supports document-dependent completion and syntax highlighting, easily accessible menus, jumping to error locations in the source file, a number of editing shortcuts, and intelligent indentation and filling of the text during entry.

Interfaces in this release remain a moving target with the documentation lagging somewhat. We need volunteers in particular for non-programming tasks: documentation writing, tutorials, translations, reference material, sleuth work, testing.

New features and fixed bugs in this release

Third time's the charm. This is another big bad bug fix release to the major release 11.50 from Friday 13th. Installation and menus under XEmacs work again (maybe for the first time). Fontification of subscripts and superscripts is now disabled when the fontification engine is not able to support it properly. As a consequence, currently this feature is only available for developer versions of Emacs. The `install' targets now use `DESTDIR' which should make compilation for SuSE and Debian feasible.

IMPORTANT: Many of the new features rely on special properties in the variable `TeX-command-list' and will not work if you customized this variable for a former release of AUCTeX. If this is the case for you, please re-initialize the variable by erasing the customization, thereby setting the variable to the new default, and re-adding your changes afterwards. Many such changes can be avoided by using other customization variables.


It is required that you use at least GNU Emacs 21 or XEmacs 21.4 with AUCTeX. Support for Emacs 20 has been dropped in favor of getting more important work done. For XEmacs, you need at least version 1.84 of the xemacs-base package (released on 01/27/2004) or a sumo tarball dated 02/02/2004 or newer for compiling AUCTeX because of non-trivial changes in easy-mmode.el:please use the XEmacs package system for upgrading if necessary. The current developers don't have the resources for providing backward compatibility to earlier versions.


AUCTeX can be downloaded from <URL:>. There are tarballs, and RPMs for Fedora (for Emacs). A separate directory contains some stuff from the tarball, such as ChangeLog, printable manuals, a reference sheet. The download area is mirrored to the directory support/auctex on CTAN. AUCTeX is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2.

You'll find more information at the web site of AUCTeX <URL:>, including its mailing list address.

Future development and additional information

AUCTeX is proceeding as a GNU project with the long-term intent of merging it into Emacs (and merging with preview-latex <URL:> probably next year). For that reason, all new contributors need to assign copyright to their contributions to the FSF (the usual procedure for Emacs contributors). The same holds for past contributors. The principal authors and maintainers have already done so, but it would require a diligent and diplomatic volunteer to find and ask the rest.

Current project manager is David Kastrup <>. While Paypal contributions are appreciated, volunteering for tasks remains the most effective way of helping AUCTeX development.

The following people contributed to this release series (in alphabetical order): Ralf Angeli, Masayuki Ataka, Thomas Baumann, Berend de Boer, Peter S. Galbraith, Patrick Gundlach, Yvon Hevel, David Kastrup, Frank KÃ&fraq14;ster, J. Larsson, Dan Nicolaescu, Piet van Oostrum, Davide G. M. Salvetti, Mike Sperber, Reiner Steib, Christian Schlauer, Shiro Takeda (Please accept our apologies if we forgot somebody).

David Kastrup