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Beta release for gawk 4.2.1 now available

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Aharon Robbins

Jan 29, 2018, 1:26:49 PM1/29/18
This note is to announce the BETA release of GNU Awk 4.2.1.

It is available from:

This is a bug-fix release. The important part of the NEWS file is below.

So, why do a beta release? So that you, yes you, the end user, can see
if anything I've done breaks gawk for you. Then you can TELL ME ABOUT
IT so that I can fix it for the final release.

* * N O T E * *: Problems and issues should be sent to the bug reporting
address and NOT discussed in comp.lang.awk, since I won't see any such


Arnold Robbins
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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.
Aharon (Arnold) Robbins arnold AT skeeve DOT com
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