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GLOBAL-4.5.3 released.

Item posted by Shigio YAMAGUCHI <shigio> on Thu Jun 5 04:10:48 2003.

Hello hackers,

It is my great pleasure to announce the release of GLOBAL 4.5.3.
You can download it from <>.


  • htags: Htags does not generate the code of javascript at all.

In the former version, we used javascript to display information about
links. But a browser these days had come to support the tool tip using
'title' attribute. So, we replaced the function using tool tip instead
of javascript facility.

  • The --no-javascript option was removed because it was already unnecessary.
  • global: The pattern of the argument came always to be interpreted

as a extended regular expression. In the former version, there was both
the case for the pattern to be interpreted as a basic regular expression
and the interpretation as the extended regular expression. This depended
on the environment of the build. (If you have grep(1) and xargs(1),
basic regular expression will be used.)
In the new version, if you want the pattern to be interpreted as a basic
regular expression, please specify the -G option.


New features:


  • CVS REPOSITORY link (the --cvsweb and --cvsweb-cvsroot option).

You can link CVS repository from the hypertext of source code.

  • Tooltip inserted in links.
  • The --no-map-file option added.

Htags generate 'MAP' file by default. You can suppress it by this.

  • The --statistics option added.

With this option, htags print statistics information to the standard error.


  • The -e(--regexp) option added like grep(1).
  • The -G(--basic-regexp) option added like egrep(1).

Performance tuning:


  • Remove tag name and line image from cache record. This made cache

file smaller.

  • The use of the temporary file was suppressed to the minimum by tring to

read the source code.

Other modifications

  • A security hole was shut.
  • conf.h: add '{arch}' and '.notfunction' to default skip list.
  • gctags: support _attribute_((...)).

I wish to express my gratitude continuously since last time for the
contribution of Hideki Iwamoto san.



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