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[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: readline-5.1-2, libreadline6-5.1-2
- From: Eric Blake <ebb9 at byu dot net>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 17:20:43 -0700
- Subject: [ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: readline-5.1-2, libreadline6-5.1-2
- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Reply-to: The Cygwin Mailing List <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
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A new release of readline and libreadline6, 5.1-2, is available for use,
replacing 5.1-1 as the current version.
This is a minor bugfix release. It reinstates a hack I used to try to
combat prompt display problems when invisible characters appear in a
single-line prompt. I do not know what the root cause is, only that it is
an upstream bug in readline when compiled with multibyte support, and that
the hack appears to combat prompt display problems.
The readline library will read a line from the terminal and return it,
allowing the user to edit the line with emacs or vi editing keys. It also
allows a history feature, for editing previous entries, making command
line interfaces easier-to-use and more intuitive.
libreadline6 provides the .dlls needed for readline and history expansion
for dynamic linking in other programs, including bash and gdb; it is
required for a minimal cygwin installation. The 6 in libreadline6
distinguishes incompatible API changes made to the prior libreadline4 and
libreadline5 libraries still available on the mirrors. readline provides
the documentation and the static libraries required for static linking;
you should only need it if you plan on compiling an application that links
with -lreadline or -lhistory.
To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on the
http://cygwin.com/ web page. This downloads setup.exe to your system.
Save it and run setup, answer the questions and pick up 'libreadline6'
from the 'Base' category (it should already be selected), or 'readline' in
the 'Devel' category. Be sure that you do not have any cygwin programs
running during the upgrade.
Note that downloads from sources.redhat.com (aka cygwin.com) aren't
allowed due to bandwidth limitations. This means that you will need to
find a mirror which has this update, please choose the one nearest to you:
If you want to make a point or ask a question the Cygwin mailing list is
the appropriate place.
volunteer cygwin readline maintainer
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