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Re: PSPP 0.4.0 released

From: P.C.J.G. Brunier
Subject: Re: PSPP 0.4.0 released
Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2005 07:52:21 +0200
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Hey Ben,

Congrats to you and the rest of the team with the new release. The info
you mailed should be put on the website.
All other things like regenerating the manual will be done today, and
will be put online.

- Patrick

Ben Pfaff wrote:

> PSPP 0.4.0 is now available on  You may download it via
> It should propagate to mirrors over the next few days.
> You may validate it by checking the release against my public key,
> which is available in the Debian keyring and elsewhere.  The same
> key is used to sign this announcement.
> What is PSPP?
> =============
> PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It
> interprets commands in the SPSS language and produces tabular output
> in ASCII, PostScript, or HTML format.
> PSPP development is ongoing. It already supports a large subset of
> SPSS's transformation language.  Its statistical procedure support is
> currently limited, but growing.
> Source code for the latest release of PSPP is available at
>  Older versions may be obtained from
>  Development sources are available from
> CVS at
> Questions and comments regarding PSPP can be sent to address@hidden
> PSPP bug reports may be sent to address@hidden or filed in the
> bug-tracking system at
> according to your preference.
> Release Notes
> =============
> A few system-specific issues have been noted.  These may be PSPP bugs
> or system bugs; we have not yet been able to track them down precisely:
>     * On Solaris, one or more tests may fail `make check'.  We have
>       only seen this reported on Solaris 9 with GCC 3.4.2.  Our
>       reporter says that turning off optimization (with -O0) at least
>       masked the symptoms.
>     * On Mac OS X, GCC 4.0.0 build 4061 has been observed to cause
>       some tests to fail.  Later builds should work fine.
> Finally, a few extra notes:
>     * The Sun WorkShop compiler will not work out of the box in this
>       release.  Use GCC instead.  We will fix this for the next
>       release.
>     * GCC 4.x reports an inordinate number of warnings for this
>       release.  You may ignore these for now.  We will fix these for
>       the next release.
> News
> ====
> Changes from 0.3.0 to 0.4.0:
>   Changes in build dependencies:
>     * The GNU Scientific Library (libgsl), version 1.6 or later, is
>       now required.
>     * libplot from GNU plotutils is optional.  Without it, the new
>       graphing features will not work.  If you do not have it
>       installed, you must run `configure' with --without-libplot.
>     * libgmp2 is no longer a dependency.
>   Newly implemented commands and statistical features:
>     * EXAMINE, including its graphing features.
>     * FREQUENCIES now supports percentiles.
>     * ONEWAY.
>     * SHOW.
>     * SORT CASES now sorts stably, that is, two cases with equal sort
>       criteria will be in the same relative order before and after the
>       sort.
>     * T-TEST (re-written).
>     * DATE and USE.  These commands are parsed but otherwise ignored,
>       to enhance compatibility with certain command files that invoke
>       them unnecessarily.
>       currently have no effect on PSPP output, but their values are
>       written to and read from system files and thus may affect
>       third-party software.
>     * SET EPOCH implemented.
>     * DATA LIST FREE and DATA LIST LIST now support arbitrary field
>       delimiters.
>     * FILE HANDLE now supports custom tab widths.
>   Long variable names (and other identifiers) are now supported.  Up
>   to the first 64 bytes of each identifier is significant.  PSPP now
>   reads and writes system files compatible with SPSS version 12.
>   New --algorithm and --syntax command line options allow
>   SPSS-compatible or enhanced modes to be selected.
>   Support for transformation expressions has been rewritten and
>   significantly improved.  Refer to the manual for details.
>   Calculation of moments (mean, standard deviation, kurtosis,
>   skewness) has been rewritten and should now be more accurate.  In
>   --algorithm=enhanced mode moments may be more accurate than SPSS in
>   some cases.
>   Numerous bugs have been fixed, too many to mention here.  Many new
>   tests have been added, leading to the discovery and fixing of many
>   of these bugs.
>   The ASCII output driver can now squeeze multiple blank lines into
>   single blank lines.
>   Much of the code has been rewritten and refactored.  It is now much
>   cleaner.
>   The FILE TYPE and REPEATING DATA commands have been disabled for
>   this release because their implementations were deemed too buggy to
>   be useful.  They will be fixed and replaced in a future release.
>   New pspp-mode for Emacs (in pspp-mode.el).
>   Added rudimentary command-line completion for interactive input.
>   lib/julcal and lib/dcdflib are no longer used, so they have been
>   removed.
>   For developers, the build system now requires Autoconf 2.58 and
>   Automake 1.7.  The included gettext has been updated to version
>   0.12.1.
>   Some reports state that Texinfo 4.8, the latest version, may be
>   necessary to successfully format the documentation on some systems.

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