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GNU GNATS

Item posted by Chad C. Walstrom <chewie> on Sat 28 Feb 2015 07:01:01 PM UTC.

After 10 years, GNU GNATS has finally released a new version 4.2.0, thanks in large part to the recent efforts of Alexandros Manoussakis at Juniper Networks. Among the improvements:

  - GNU v3 license update
  - Buid now uses automake, and code has been adjusted to compile
    properly in various environments (tested with gcc 2.95, 3.4, 4.8,
    4.9, clang 3.1, 3.4, and several different versions of Linux,
    FreeBSD, Solaris, OS X)
  - New --global-databases-file command-line option for gnatsd and other programs
  - New host/port/user/passwd command-line options for send-pr
  - Many bugfixes, including:
  - FreeBSD-SA-05:20.cvsbug security advisory (affected send-pr)
  - Fixed PR#484: "send-pr --request-id" sends just a template
  - Fixed PR#501: Safer open/fopen for gen-index (no longer installing as suid)
  - Fixed PR#504: gnatsd crashes when trying to lock a nonexistent PR
  - Fixed PR#508: Emacs interface gnats-change-database fails when
    gnats-port isn't set
  - Fixed PR#691: Portability problem with sed and tr
  - Fixed PR#746: install-sid is a bash script (and not /bin/sh)
  - Fixed PR#767: edit-pr returns incorect exit status
  - Fixed PR#768: make install DESTDIR=/anywhere fails
  - Fixed PR#771: "EXPR" queries with spaces sometimes fail
  - Fixed PR#773: using responsible alias as email address for edit-pr
  - "invalid query format" bug for queries that included whitespace
  - edit-pr will now correctly exit with an error if it cannot lock the PR
  - edit-pr will now use the email alias in the responsibles field
  - Solaris 7/8/10 compilation fixed

Contributors to the code changes since March 2005 include:

  - Alexandros Manoussakis
  - Chad Walstrom
  - Jonathan Guthrie
  - Karl Berry
  - Malcolm Purvis
  - Martin Tournoij
  - Michael van Elst
  - Stephane Chazelas

Thank you, everyone, for your hard work!

Chad

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