Updated: run2-0.4.0-1

Charles Wilson cygwin@cwilson.fastmail.fm
Tue Dec 29 06:52:00 GMT 2009


The run2 package provides two utilities: 'run2' and 'checkX' (as
the package is actually a renamed and updated successor to the
now-obsoleted checkx package). The first utility is a more powerful
replacement for the venerable 'run' utility that has long been a
part of the cygwin distribution. The second is a test utility that
detects whether an Xserver is active, and exits with an appropriate
status value.

'run2' launches console programs while hiding any actual console
(dos box) that may ordinarily be associated with them. In addition,
'run2' can:
  * set/modify environment variables before launching
    the target program
  * specify a start directory from which to launch the target
  * detect whether an X server is active or not, and
    launch one of two different targets -- with different
    command line arguments, environment settings, and
    startup dirs.
'run2' uses an external XML configuration file to control its own
operation, and to specify the settings which should be applied to
the target program(s).

[[ compiled using gcc-4.3.4-3 ]]

As expected now that cygwin-1.7.1 has been officially released, this
run2 package is available exclusively for cygwin-1.7.

CHANGES since 0.3.2-1
============================
* Branch for cygwin-1.7.x-specific development
* Requires cygwin-1.7 (cygwin-1.5 supported by branch-0.3.x,
  but no new development is expected on that branch).
* Fix segfault when display not specified.
* Synchronize run2_gpl with recent run.exe improvements
  (especially interoperation with GUI targets like mintty).
* Various other bugfixes.
* Exit with non-zero status when xml fails to parse.
* Fix unsigned underflow error when parsing short <Arg>s.
* Avoid deprecated cygwin functions.
* Eliminate all compilation warnings.
* Improve checkX behavior when used as 'barrier' in startxwin.
* New config-run2-example.sh script, creates XML specification for:
    GDI: mintty (bash)
    X11: rxvt-unicode (bash)
  and also creates a windows shortcut (cygwin hippo icon) to launch
  run2 using this XML spec.

Known Limitations
============================
o Makes no attempt to handle wide characters, or national
  language or UTF-8 encodings -- neither in filenames to
  target applications to launch, nor in the contents of the
  configuration xml files.

Future Plans (PTC!)
============================
o support for long filenames
o support for wide chars/unicode filenames
o use ustr library for more/all string handling, to support:
o wide chars/unicode in xml config file contents


-- 
Charles Wilson
volunteer run2 maintainer for cygwin

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