[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated [test]: libreadline7-7.0.1-2, libreadline-devel-7.0.1-2

Eric Blake (cygwin) eblake@redhat.com
Fri Jan 20 15:18:00 GMT 2017

A new release of readline, 7.0.1-2, has been uploaded for testing and
will soon reach a mirror near you.  The current version of 7.0.1-1
remains current.

This is a rebuild that disables the use of pselect(), in order to work
around a bug in cygwin1.dll's handling of alt-numkeypad extended
character entry in a windows console.  The underlying cygwin bug will be
fixed in the next release, at which point I will release readline
7.0.1-3 that restores the use of pselect(), so this particular build
will remain experimental, and should only be used if you need a fix for
windows console behavior now (if you use mintty as your terminal, which
is the cygwin default, then you don't need to upgrade).  More details in
this thread:

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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