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[ANN] Guile-SSH 0.10.0 released

From: Artyom V . Poptsov
Subject: [ANN] Guile-SSH 0.10.0 released
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:50:15 +0300
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Hello Guilers,

I'm pleased to announce Guile-SSH 0.10.0:

Please find the package signed with my GPG key[1] here:

The release includes support of Guile 2.0.12 and libssh 0.7.3, bugfixes
in '(ssh dist node)' and '(ssh popen)'; it also fixes errors discovered
during building on Arch GNU/Linux.

Though Guile-SSH still may be built with libssh older than 0.7.3, please
use libssh 0.7.3 or later, because previous versions have a serious
vulnerability. [4]

Thanks for all the bugreports, they where very helpful.  Contributors
listed in the documentation, 'AUTHORS' and 'THANKS' files included in
the distribution.

* What is Guile-SSH?

Guile-SSH is a library that provides access to the SSH protocol[2] for
programs written in GNU Guile interpreter.  It is built upon the
libssh[3] library.

Currently Guile-SSH provides the following features:
  - The API that is sufficient for building of standalone SSH clients and
    servers, or for embedding client/server functionality in your lispy Scheme
  - Several authentication methods are supported, including password
    authentication, public key and SSH agent authentication methods.
  - Key management procedures: you can make key pairs, read keys from files,
    get key hashes, get public keys from private keys etc.  DSS, RSA, RSA1 and
    ECDSA (by means of OpenSSL) are supported.
  - Port forwarding procedures and high-level API for creating of SSH tunnels.
  - Distributed forms ('dist-map', 'distribute', ...) that allow to spread the
    evaluation of Scheme code between remote hosts.  Or you can just connect
    to a remote REPL from Scheme using 'with-ssh' procedure and evaluate some
    expressions.  No special server needed on the remote side, just an SSH
    daemon and GNU Guile installed!
  - SFTP client API allows you to read and write remote files over the SSH
    protocol right from the Scheme code.
  - Remote popen API that allows you to make either input, output or
    bidirectional pipes to remote processes.
  - Detailed documentation in Texinfo format with examples included, even more
    examples in 'examples' directory.

* The list of user-visible changes

Here's the list of user-visible changes (an excerpt from NEWS file):

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
* Changes in version 0.10.0 (2016-08-20)
** Add support of Guile 2.0.12
   Guile-SSH now builds (and works quite well, as far as I can see) with Guile
   2.0.9 and 2.0.12.  Unit tests are passing too.

   Tested on:
   - Gentoo GNU/Linux, Guile 2.0.12-r1, libssh 0.7.3
   - Gentoo GNU/Linux, Guile 2.0.9-r1, libssh 0.7.3
** Add support of libssh 0.7.3
   Guile-SSH now supports libssh 0.7.3 and (probably) newer versions; haven't

   Note that CVE-2016-0739 was found in previous libssh versions[4]; though you
   may still use 0.6.4, you really should stick with 0.7.3+ for aforementioned
   reason. 0.7.3 is already should be in your distro's repository, so that
   won't be a big deal I guess.
** Bugfixes
*** (ssh dist node)
**** 'node-server-running?' now checks the default port
     The procedure now checks for Guile server running on the default port
     (that is, with '--listen' option without an argument), if that port was
     specified for the node.
*** Fix include errors and misspecified inline procedures in C code
    These errors lead to build failures (reported on Arch GNU/Linux, see
*** Don't merge stderr with stdout in remote pipes
    See <>.
** Examples
*** Add 'uptop' example
** Update documentation
** Unit tests
   Expand test suite, improve existing tests.  Namely tests now don't always
   fail when '-j' option is used with 'make check', with value greater than 1
   (e.g. '-j4'; tested on Gentoo GNU/Linux, 4-core Intel Atom CPU)

   Though sometimes tests fail, so there's still a room for improvement.

   Another improvement is that SRFI-64 module and Guile-SSH common test module
   are now compiled before use, that should speed up the tests.
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

As usual, comments and bug-reports are very welcome.

Happy hacking!

- Artyom


Artyom V. Poptsov <address@hidden>;  GPG Key: 0898A02F
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