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 `r21-0b39'.
To read about the Russian White Goat please see:
First some really good news. :-) The fine folks at the Oklahoma State
University Agriculture department added 11 new goat breed names to
their web page, so we're not nearly as short on beta-21.0 names as I
had originally thought. I'm sure this comes as a relief to everyone. :-)
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 work.
*IMPORTANT* Due to the name change of the file formerly known as
x-menubar.el, you will need to upgrade your mule-base package if you
are using XEmacs/Mule, otherwise you won't have the Mule menu items
`Describe Language Support' and `Set Language Environment'.
*IMPORTANT* If you are using LDAP support, you will also need to
update your eudc package.
As usual there are lots of bug fixes.
Note that etags has been reverted to the version used in XEmacs 20.4.
An experimental enhanced version of etags has been added as ootags.
We're in feature slush. Full feature freeze is now formally scheduled
for May 15th, midnight UT (5PM US/Pacific). I'd like to plan on about
two weeks of cooling off where a lot of time is spent enumerating and
chasing down visible problems, and have a full code freeze (show stopping
bug fixes only) for at least two weeks prior to 'net release. With usual
slippage, perhaps we can have a release after the 4th of July.
* Updated packages
The following packages have been updated on the FTP site:
Redefine as regular package, customize `message-url' face.
EUDC-1.06 (Required for this beta if you are using LDAP)
Autoload sc-cite-original, defcustom fix
backup file not found fix
* Recent Changes
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-1.19-pkg.tar This package contains core
functionality not dumped into XEmacs.
It includes things like the debugger,
comint, overlay, ring, etc.
mail-lib-1.13-pkg.tar This package contains core
functionality common to mail and
If you are building on a Sun with tooltalk and/or Sparcworks you will
also need the Sun and tooltalk packages. These packages should be
installed prior to dumping XEmacs. *NOTE* you will need to patch one
of the system lisp files to do proper v21 detection if you have not
already done so.
*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
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-beta40 is scheduled for Saturday, May 16.
** The highest priority is getting things ready for code freeze.
** Depending upon the level of patching activity, there will be
several interim pre-betas for further testing.
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 beta39 "Russian White"
-- DnD fixes from Oliver Graf and Jonathan Harris
-- scrollbar visibility and placement specifiers from of Kirill Katsnelson
-- x-toolbar.el and x-menubar.el renamed to toolbar-items.el and
-- Device metrics from Kirill Katsnelson
-- Frame redraw smoothing fix from Kirill Katsnelson
-- MS Windows transparency handling from Andy Piper
-- XEmacs FAQ update from Christian Nybo
-- MS Windows build fix for minimal tagbits, etc. from Kirill Katsnelson
-- Fix cancelling directory creation prompt from Hrvoje Niksic
-- cygwin build fixes from Andy Piper
-- Restore oo-browser etags.c as ootags.c
-- Socket connections for Windows from Kirill Katsnelson
-- region limiting fixes from Hrvoje Niksic
-- cleanup focus-follows-mouse handling from Greg Klanderman
-- mswindows cursor support from Andy Piper
-- elimination of bzero from Michael Sperber
-- build fix from Jeff Miller
-- xpm button fix from Andy Piper
-- add optional `norecord' arg to select-window from Greg Klanderman
-- regexp quote fix from Hrvoje Niksic
-- early frame title update from Jan Vroonhof
-- Make character 0240 display as space from Kyle Jones
-- 0 argument printing fix from Hrvoje Niksic
-- revert recent changes to etags.c
-- dump clean up, removal of Lisp reader macros
-- spelling fix from Jonathan Harris
-- MS Windows build fix from Kirill Katsnelson
-- sound fixes from Kyle Jones
-- LDAP updates from Oscar Figueiredo
-- Drag and drop update from Oliver Graf
-- rename XEmacs internal realpath from Kyle Jones
-- rangetab cleanup from Martin Buchholz
-- etags fix
-- miscellaneous bug fixes