The next edition of XEmacs 21.0 has been uploaded to the ftp site.
CVS sources are at
Installable Lisp packages are in:
The CVS tag for this beta is `r21-0b44'.
To read about the Swedish Landrace Goat please see:
We are now officially in feature freeze with code freeze right around
the corner. There are minor code changes from beta43 and a number of
Most patches to code past this point will be deferred to 21.1 or later
unless they solve critical problems. "Critical" means fixing core
dumping and/or potential loss of data problems, fixing non-compile on
a certain platform, or certain user interface changes which haven't
still been nailed down.
Info directory processing has hopefully been improved. Note that in
order to see the new entries present in updated manuals, you might
have to remove an existing `dir' file left by a previous XEmacs 21-beta.
Note that while the tarballs have naming consistent with previous
XEmacs betas, this version will default to having debug and error
checking turned off. Hopefully, you should be able to crank up the
optimization on it.
* Updated packages
** Packages with code changes
VM-6.50 (MS Windows fixes among other changes)
recent-files fix, cosmetic fix for after-save-commands.el,
update to backup-dir.el
lpr.el fix, concat bug in jka-compr.el fix
Updates so it can process all XEmacs manuals
Usability enhancements, added direntry to manual
NOTE: If the *-ja.info files cause a non-Mule XEmacs to
choke, you should remove them.
Update to eudc-1.08.
** Packages with no code changes (documentation changes only)
Add direntry to manual
* Recent Changes
Sound files are now located in an external package. Please load the
sounds-au (Sun sounds), or sounds-wav (Microsoft sounds) as appropriate
for your platform.
Sounds and xbms are now supported on Microsoft Windows.
*IMPORTANT* xemacs-base has been updated since beta40. Please download
and install the new version before starting. The function `kbd' in
edmacro.el has been moved into the XEmacs core.
*IMPORTANT* pcl-cvs has a critical bug fix due to an XEmacs interface
change starting in beta40. If you are using pcl-cvs please upgrade to
the new version.
We've decided to push forward on Drag'n'Drop and try to get _something_
into the 21.0 release. Hopefully it will be something better than just
wildly experimental. Please see the tests in tests/Dnd (droptest.el
and dragtest.el) and give them a spin and see well they work or don't
There's a lot of new MS Windows support in this, including toolbar,
processes, and Xpm.
I'm happy with the package path/startup path stuff for the first time
in a number of betas. Hopefully, we're past the worst of the changes.
All path stuffs should work again.
The configure option --gung-ho now controls whether minimal tagbits
and indexed lrecords are used.
Please test the -elc tarball with this beta. I've generated it from a
tty-only build for testing. While this should work (and the build now
currently assumes it does work), and it seems to work for me, it needs
as much testing as possible prior to release.
Canna detection should work better.
LDAP support should build and run.
Multicast support should build and run.
The default target of `make' is to build everything. This is almost
what `make dist' used to do except that finder-inf.el (the finder
database) gets properly bytecompiled.
DLL support is now autodetected.
The configure option `--with-dlmalloc' has been added so that
gmalloc.c can still be used on systems with the Doug Lea new GNU
The Installation file format has changed slightly -- the version number
is now printed in the summary, old copies are not retained, so if you
wish old copies you will have to make the copy by hand. The Installation
summary is available via the command M-x describe-installation.
`XEmacs' can be used for X resources. This feature needs further
testing but appears to work.
dlmalloc now works with mmap'ping enabled for Linux Libc5 systems.
I'm very interested in reports on how XEmacs' virtual memory footprint
changes with time with dlmalloc. My own experiences with mmap
disabled (only for glibc-2.0 and Mule) show a net win over 20.4. I'm
hoping mmap improves things further.
The source-packages subdirectory on the FTP site has been abolished in
favor of distributing Lisp sources via CVS.
The minimum required packages are the following: [Only xemacs-base updated
since the last beta, the package version number is relatively unimportant]
xemacs-base-1.20-pkg.tar This package contains core
functionality not dumped into XEmacs.
It includes things like the debugger,
comint, ring, etc.
mail-lib-1.16-pkg.tar This package contains core
functionality common to mail and
*NOTE:* As of beta39, you must use mule-base-1.16 or later. Note
also, as of beta34, overlay.el has been moved to the fsf-compat
package. As of beta40, you must have xemacs-base-1.20 or later.
If you are building with Mule, you will need to have the mule-base
package installed *prior* to dumping XEmacs or you will lose. If you
see messages about mule-charset not found, or get a bomb immediately
after seeing a message about `loading ... dialog', then you need to
stop and install the mule-base package.
Other various packages need to be installed prior to dumping XEmacs.
They are marked with `dump t' in the package description, see
package-get-base.el and package-get.el for an interface.
** ImageMagick has gone away courtesy of Jareth Hein.
** The generalization of the XEmacs internals has continued.
Quoting Kyle Jones:
If you're feeling maximally gung, add -DUSE_MINIMAL_TAGBITS and
-DUSE_INDEXED_LRECORD_IMPLEMENTATION to your compiler flags when
you build 20.5. If all is well XEmacs should build and run
Update: These options are now enabled by specifying `--gung-ho'.
-DUSE_MINIMAL_TAGBITS will be automatically set if using dlmalloc.
NOTE: It should *never* be required to use these options for proper
operation of XEmacs (with the single exception of -DUSE_MINIMAL_TAGBITS
for dlmalloc). A failure _without_ these options set is a bug that
needs to be fixed.
** Chinese and Korean Wnn server support has been added to LEIM. Someone
familiar to cWnn and kWnn will need to test this out. I haven't heard
any reports positive or negative yet.
** 21.0-pre2 is scheduled for Saturday, June 27.
** The highest priorities are testing and bug fixing.
For those not acquainted with recent XEmacsen (things have changed
since 20.3/21.0-b11), there are 4 files in the distribution. Each file
has been PGP signed.
This is a patch from the previous release. Please see the file
etc/BETA for patching instructions. As of beta13 we're through the
worst of the reorganizations and patching should be pretty smooth from
here on out.
This is the core distribution without bytecompiled lisp and without
processed texinfo manuals. If you are on a fast machine with a
possibly slow connection to the FTP site, this is all you need for
an XEmacs non-mule. Untar it, run configure, then run `make'
and `make install'.
This the processed texinfo manuals. If you have makeinfo installed
and your machine has any kind of decent speed, it is quicker to run
`make info' from the toplevel and rebuild it yourself than it is to
download and untar it. You will need a fairly recent version of
makeinfo in order to be able process all the info documentation. At
least `makeinfo (GNU texinfo 3.11) 1.68' is recommended. Note that
the latest version of GNU texinfo is now 3.12.
This is the bytecompiled lisp. It was freshly bytecompiled from
scratch prior to distribution.
to 21.0 pre1 "Swedish Landrace"
-- package-get-base synchronized with latest packages
-- MULE-ize eldap.c from Hrvoje Niksic
-- ntplay fix from Andy Piper
-- info fixes from Oscar Figueiredo
-- list-mode fix from Christoph Wedler
-- Gnuclient SIGHUP fix from Jim Radford