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Release 4.2.1 of gawk now available

From: Arnold Robbins
Subject: Release 4.2.1 of gawk now available
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:05:41 +0200
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Greetings all.

This note announces the next release of GNU Awk: version 4.2.1.

The following files may be retrieved from,
or via HTTPS from

-rw-rw-r-- 1 arnold arnold     473 Feb 25 21:04 gawk-4.2.1.tar.lz.sig
-rw-rw-r-- 1 arnold arnold     473 Feb 25 21:03 gawk-4.2.1.tar.xz.sig
-rw-rw-r-- 1 arnold arnold     473 Feb 25 21:03 gawk-4.2.1.tar.gz.sig
-rw-rw-r-- 1 arnold arnold 5666610 Feb 25 19:35 gawk-4.2.1.tar.gz
-rw-rw-r-- 1 arnold arnold 2985412 Feb 25 19:35 gawk-4.2.1.tar.xz
-rw-rw-r-- 1 arnold arnold 2889549 Feb 25 19:35 gawk-4.2.1.tar.lz

This is a bugfix release.  The relevant part of the NEWS file is
appended below.

Differences from gawk 4.2.0 are available:

-rw-rw-r-- 1 arnold arnold     473 Mar 13 18:09 gawk-4.2.0-4.2.1.diff.gz.sig
-rw-r--r-- 1 arnold arnold  462689 Mar 13 18:07 gawk-4.2.0-4.2.1.diff.gz

The .diff file is a shell script that should be executed in the gawk-4.2.0
source directory.

The usual GNU build incantation should be used:

        tar -xpvzf gawk-4.2.1.tar.gz
        cd gawk-4.2.1
        ./configure && make && make check

The documentation on the GNU web site has been updated.

Bug reports should be sent to address@hidden


Arnold Robbins (on behalf of all the gawk developers)
Changes from 4.2.0 to 4.2.1

1. Support for OS/2 has been brought up to date.  This support was
   accidentally omitted from the initial 4.2 release, for which
   we apologize.

2. The manual received a number of updates to make it format better
   for PDF.

3. A new configure option, --enable-versioned-dir, causes the directory
   holding extensions to include the API version in its name.

4. extension/ has been improved considerably.

5. In MPFR mode, When ROUNDMODE changes, string values for numerically
   type values will be redone.

6. The various 'inplace' tests now pass on modern BSD systems.

7. A number of bugs, some of them quite significant, have been fixed.
   See the ChangeLog for details.

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