Release Digest: GNU, August 22, 2004

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
  • 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 ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/src-highlite/
and mirrors of that site (see list of mirror sites at http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html).

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
  • 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 http://www.gnu.org/software/src-highlite

Anonymous CVS access is also available. Please visit http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/src-highlite/
where you can find detailed descriptions of how to access the CVS
(read-only). Release-candidate versions are available through

Bug reports should go to bug-source-highlight@gnu.org.

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

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:ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/auctex>.
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:http://www.gnu.org/software/auctex>,
including its mailing list address.

Future development and additional

AUCTeX is proceeding as a GNU project with the long-term intent
of merging it into Emacs (and merging with preview-latex <URL:http://preview-latex.sourceforge.net>
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 <URL:mailto:dak@gnu.org>. 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

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