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RCS 5.7.97 (pretest for 5.8) available

Item posted by Thien-Thi Nguyen <ttn> on Sat Jan 22 20:57:00 2011.

The eighth pretest release of GNU RCS (Revision Control System) is available at: <>.

NEWS summary since 5.7.96:

  • small bugfixes for rlog output of "midline" (no trailing LF) strings
    • (regression introduced 2010-05-24) log messages
    • (long-standing but rarely triggered) description
  • silence compiler warning in tests/btdt.c
  • add cygwin support
    • bundle LGPL ucontext library by Panagiotis E. Hadjidoukas
    • avoid PATH search and use ‘execvp’ if build host defines ‘EXEEXT’
    • (testing) inhibit RCS file read-only checks for cygwin
  • add support for some date-only (no time) formats (for -dDATE)
    • YYYY-DDD (ordinal day of year)
    • YYYY-wWW-D (ISO week and day), extended to DTRT for week ‘00’

Barring further reports, we aim to release 5.8 in the next few weeks. I encourage people to join those listed in THANKS, using the testing support, to flush out problems and/or try out the new functionality. Please send bug reports to bug-rcs (at gnu, etc).


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