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GNU Guile 1.8.7 released

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: GNU Guile 1.8.7 released
Date: Sun, 05 Jul 2009 23:06:44 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

We are pleased to announce GNU Guile release 1.8.7.  This is the next
maintenance release for the 1.8 stable series.  It provides a number of
portability improvements, bug fixes, as well as several new features.

The Guile web page is located at, and
among other things, it contains a link to the Guile FAQ and pointers to
the mailing lists.

Guile is an interpreter for the Scheme programming language, with
support for many SRFIs, packaged for use in a wide variety of
environments.  In addition to implementing the R5RS Scheme standard,
Guile includes a module system, full access to POSIX system calls,
networking support, multiple threads, dynamic linking, a foreign
function call interface, and powerful string processing.

Guile can run interactively or as a script interpreter, and is also
packaged as a library so that applications can easily incorporate a
complete Scheme interpreter.  An application can use Guile as an
extension language, a clean and powerful configuration language, or as
multi-purpose "glue" to connect primitives provided by the application.
It is easy to call Scheme code from C code and vice versa.  Applications
can add new functions, data types, control structures, and even syntax
to Guile, to create a domain-specific language tailored to the task at

Here are the compressed sources:   (3.9MB)

Here are the GPG detached signatures[*]:

Here are the MD5 and SHA1 checksums:

991b5b3efcbbc3f7507d05bc42f80a5e  guile-1.8.7.tar.gz
24cd2f06439c76d41d982a7384fe8a0fe5313b54  guile-1.8.7.tar.gz

[*] You can use either of the above signature files to verify that
the corresponding file (without the .sig suffix) is intact.  First,
be sure to download both the .sig file and the corresponding tarball.
Then, run a command like this:

  gpg --verify guile-1.8.7.tar.gz.sig

If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver --recv-keys EA52ECF4

and rerun the `gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Autoconf 2.63
  Automake 1.11
  Libtool 2.2.6

This is primarily a bugfix release.  Here are the highlights, taken from
the `NEWS' file:

  * Bugs fixed

  ** Fix compilation with `--disable-deprecated'
  ** Fix %fast-slot-ref/set!, to avoid possible segmentation fault
  ** Fix MinGW build problem caused by HAVE_STRUCT_TIMESPEC confusion
  ** Fix build problem when scm_t_timespec is different from struct timespec
  ** Fix build when compiled with -Wundef -Werror
  ** More build fixes for `alphaev56-dec-osf5.1b' (Tru64)
  ** Build fixes for `powerpc-ibm-aix5.3.0.0' (AIX 5.3)
  ** With GCC, always compile with `-mieee' on `alpha*' and `sh*'
  ** Better diagnose broken `(strftime "%z" ...)' in `time.test' (bug #24130)
  ** Fix parsing of SRFI-88/postfix keywords longer than 128 characters
  ** Fix reading of complex numbers where both parts are inexact decimals
  ** Allow @ macro to work with (ice-9 syncase)
  ** Have `scm_take_locale_symbol ()' return an interned symbol (bug #25865)
  ** Fix potential deadlocks when running on multiple threads
  ** Fix problems building with the i586-mingw32msvc cross-compiler

Any bugs found in this release will be addressed by further bugfix
releases numbered 1.8.*.

You can follow Guile development in the Git repository and on the Guile
mailing lists.  Guile builds from the `master' branch of Git have
version number 1.9.x and will eventually lead to the 2.0 stable series.

Guile versions with an odd middle number, e.g., 1.9.*, are unstable
development versions.  Even middle numbers indicate stable versions.
This has been the case since the 1.3.* series.

Please report bugs through the Savannah bug tracker:

Alternatively, bug reports can be sent to address@hidden'.  We also
welcome reports of successful builds, which can be sent to the same
email address.

Ludovic Courtès, on behalf of the Guile team.

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