clisp-2.39-1 released

Reini Urban rurban@x-ray.at
Fri Aug 4 02:11:00 GMT 2006


I've taken over clisp maintainance from Sam Steingold, who lost access 
to his windows box and to this list. Thanks Sam for a wonderful job anyway!
clisp-2.39-1 is now built with cygport, but you can still compile it 
with ./configure; make; make install also.

./configure --fsstnd=redhat --with-dynamic-ffi  \
	--with-module=rawsock --with-module=dirkey  \
	--with-module=bindings/win32 --with-module=berkeley-db \
	--with-module=pcre --with-module=postgresql \
  	--with-module=fastcgi --prefix=/usr --build build

Notes:
Built against the new libsigsegv-2.4.
There's the new module fastcgi, which is recommended for lighttpd.
--with-dynamic-modules doesn't build yet, but it is in the works. This 
would allow to support more modules, like matlab, oracle, pari and netica.
I thought --without-unicode would be a good idea, so you can omit the 
sometimes necessary and disturbing -E arg, but this will lead to a lot 
of problems with some asdf packages. So it's UNICODE and ENCODING enabled.
It is now possible to create standalone exe files. Well at least the 
cygwin1.dll is required, so you might prefer the mingw build for this 
feature.

ANSI Common Lisp is a high-level, general-purpose programming language.
It mostly supports the Lisp described in the ANSI Common Lisp standard.
It is Free Software and may be distributed under the terms of GNU GPL,
while it is possible to distribute commercial proprietary applications
compiled with GNU CLISP.
GNU CLISP includes an interpreter, a compiler, a debugger, CLOS, MOP,
a foreign language interface, sockets, i18n, fast bignums, fast IO and more.
GNU CLISP runs Maxima, ACL2 and many other Common Lisp packages.

http://clisp.cons.org/

What's New:
http://clisp.cvs.sourceforge.net/*checkout*/clisp/clisp/src/NEWS

User visible changes
--------------------

* SAVEINITMEM now accepts :SCRIPT argument that disables interpreting
   the first positional argument as the script name; and :DOCUMENTATION
   argument that is printed by the new -help-image command line option.
   See <http://clisp.cons.org/impnotes/image.html> and
   <http://clisp.cons.org/impnotes/clisp.html#opt-help-image> for
   details.

* FFI:UINT64 and FFI:SINT64 are now compatible with C's long long type.

* Stack overflow detection and recovery finally work fine on Unix.
   Libsigsegv is required for this, on all platforms (including
   MS-Windows).
   CLISP should neither exit nor crash under infinite recursion.
   If your distribution has CLISP compiled without libsigsegv, report
   the missing feature to its maintainer.
   Note that libsigsegv 2.4 is required, there are bugs in libsigsegv
   2.3!

* It is now possible to specify the default method-combination of a
   generic function, to be used when the DEFGENERIC form does not specify
   the :METHOD-COMBINATION explicitly, through a default initarg
   specification for the :METHOD-COMBINATION keyword on the generic
   function class.

* Readline completion works with non 1:1 terminal encodings, e.g. UTF-8.

* WITH-KEYBOARD works with a Unix tty even when SLIME hijacks
  *TERMINAL-IO*.

* I/O operations on Win32 are now much faster.

* New functions: POSIX:FFS, POSIX:PATHCONF.

* Infrastructure:
   + Top-level configure now accepts a new option --with-gmalloc to use
     the GNU malloc implementation instead of the one supplied by libc.
     You may need it on older HP-UX and newer OpenBSD systems.
     See file unix/PLATFORMS for more information.
   + The value of the environment variable CFLAGS is respected by
     configure.

* Bug fixes:
   + SOCKET:SOCKET-SERVER :INTERFACE now behaves as documented.
   + EXT:READ-BYTE-NO-HANG and SOCKET:SOCKET-STATUS used to hang on
     buffered binary sockets.
   + Allow DESTRUCTURING-BIND (a . b) with circular and dotted lists.
   + ADJUST-ARRAY of zero length adjustable string now works.
   + TIME now reports correct results when the heap grows over 4GB.
   + RAWSOCK functions now handle :START/:END arguments correctly.
   + BDB:DBC-GET now accepts :READ-COMMITTED and :READ-UNCOMMITTED.
   + POSIX:GROUP-INFO and POSIX:USER-INFO now handle errors correctly.

* Portability:
   + Support DragonFly BSD

========================================================================

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.  Then, run setup and answer all of the questions.

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Reini Urban



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