Updated [experimental]: libreadline7-6.3.8-1, libreadline-devel-6.3.8-1

Eric Blake (cygwin) eblake@redhat.com
Wed Jan 28 04:40:00 GMT 2015

A new release of readline, 6.3.8-1, has been uploaded for experimental
use, and will soon reach a mirror near you; leaving the current version
still at 6.1.2-4 (32-bit) or 6.2-1 (64-bit).  I will promote this build
to current once I have a working bash-4.3 build, assuming no major
issues are found.

This is a new upstream release.  As threatened in earlier builds, I am
no longer shipping support for static linking against readline; these
days, it's easier to just require everyone to use dynamic linking.

I think that this build of readline is ABI compatible with 6.1 and 6.2,
although I did not carefully audit for that fact, so I did not bump the
.dll version.  At any rate, bash 4.1 happily runs with this readline (I
did test that much before uploading).  But if your application uses a
symbol that older readline provided and which disappeared in this build,
let me know, and I can respin it as libreadline8 before removing it from
test status.

Remember, you must not have any bash or /bin/sh instances running when
you upgrade the readline package.  This release requires cygwin-1.7.33-1
or later.  See also the upstream documentation in /usr/share/doc/readline/.

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.

libreadline7 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 7 in libreadline7
distinguishes incompatible API changes made to the prior libreadline5
and libreadline6 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
'libreadline7' in the 'Base' category (it should already be selected),
or 'libreadline-devel' in the 'Devel' category.  As this is an
experimental release, you will have to use the 'Exp' radio button or
manually cycle through to find this release.

Note that downloads from 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.

Eric Blake
volunteer cygwin readline package maintainer

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