[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated [test]: libreadline7-7.0.1-1, libreadline-devel-7.0.1-1

Eric Blake (cygwin) eblake@redhat.com
Thu Dec 8 19:23:00 GMT 2016

A new release of readline, 7.0.1-1, has been uploaded for testing and
will soon reach a mirror near you.  The current version of 6.3.8-1
remains current until after I can get bash 4.4 built and tested, at
which time I will promote readline 7.0.1 into current.

This is a new upstream release, adding several new features which are in
part required by bash 4.4.

Although upstream bumped the major version from 6 to 7 in the library
version number, it appears that the changes to the .dll were additive,
and therefore I kept the shared library versioned at libreadline7.  But
since I did not do a close audit, it is still possible that testing will
reveal problems that require me to bump things to libreadline8 before
promoting this to current.  Help in testing is appreciated.

Remember, you must not have any bash or /bin/sh instances running when
you upgrade the readline package.  This release requires cygwin-2.6.0-1
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. libreadline-devel
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.

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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