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Release of GSRC 2013.01.06

Item posted by Brandon Invergo <brandon> on Sun 06 Jan 2013 04:33:05 PM UTC.

I'm happy to announce the 2013.01.06 release of GSRC, the GNU Source
Release Collection. GSRC is a convenient means to fetch, build and
install the latest GNU software from source via a BSD Ports-like system.
Installing a package is as simple as

$ make -C gnu/hello install

You can find more information and the documentation at the GSRC website:

This release is a snapshot of the state of released GNU software at this
time. You can download this release at or,
to download it from the nearest mirror, at

Of course, to stay up-to-date with the latest package releases
in-between releases of GSRC, you may choose instead to checkout the bzr

$ bzr checkout bzr:// gsrc

And keep up-to-date with the latest releases:

$ bzr update

If you encounter any problems with a build script, please let me know


** GSRC may now optionally redirect build output
All output during the build process may be redirected elsewhere via
the REDIRECT_OUTPUT variable in the file `'.

** GSRC messages may now optionally be colorized
GSRC-specific messages may be (unobtrusively) colorized via the
USE_COLOR variable in the file `'. Alternatively, message
text delimiters (i.e. `==>' or `***' at the start of a line) may be
customized in the same file.

** GSRC now supports alternate package configurations
Multiple configurations of a package may be available side-by-side via
the GARPROFILE variable, which is appended to a package's name. Thus,
you might have a package foo-1.0 as well as a different configuration
of it, foo-1.0-new-config. When you install the package, you simply
select which configuration you want by passing the GARPROFILE

** Large GNU sub-projects now have their own directories
GNOME and GNUStep packages have been moved to their own package
sub-directories, for organizational reasons. Thus, to install GTK+,
you now should use `make -C gnome/gtk install' rather than
`make -C gnu/gtk install'

** User configuration of packages is now isolated from build recipes
All packages now have a `' file in addition to the usual
`Makefile'. All user configuration of the package may be done in this
new file, separating it from the build recipe, which should not need

** The new `gsrc' script facilitates package discovery
This script simplifies the process of searching for packages, printing
information about them and finding their GSRC directories.

** GSRC has three new targets to use on packages
Usage: `make -C gnu/hello TARGET'

* pkg-info
This target may be used to display useful information about a package,
including a description.

* pkg-info-curt
This target is similar to `pkg-info' but in a short form which is
ideal for printing lists of packages

* help-config
This target prints the configuration options available for a package.

** 70 packages have been added to GSRC since the last release.

** 69 packages have been updated to new versions in GSRC since the
last release

** 56 build recipes that were previously broken have been fixed

** Coverage statistics
Note: the totals include packages that will not be implemented in
GSRC, such as retired packages, which are counted as completed. Broken
builds are counted as incomplete. See TODO for more information.

* GNU packages [352/452] [77%] (+19%)
* GNOME packages [25/566] [4%] (+3%)
* GNUstep packages [19/25] [76%] (+76%)

For a complete list of new and updated packages see the NEWS file in
the GSRC distribution.

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