-This is Python release 1.5 beta 2
+This is Python release 1.5
-The official release date for this version is Friday, December 12,
+This version is officially released on Wednesday, December 31, 1997.
+It doesn't differ very much from 1.5b2 (released on Dec. 12).
What's new in this release?
defined by Python now have a "Py" or "_Py" prefix, and the same is
true for most macros and typedefs.
-If you previously downloaded 1.5b
1, here are the most relevant changes
+If you previously downloaded 1.5b, here are the most relevant changes
since then (of course all known bugs have been fixed, leaks plugged,
-and some documentation has been added). The full list of changes
-since 1.5b1 is presented at the end of the Misc/NEWS file.
+and quite a bit of documentation has been added -- including doc
+strings here and there). The full list of changes since 1.5b2 is
+presented at the end of the Misc/NEWS file.
- - Thanks to all who contributed doc strings
for library modules!
+ - Thanks to all who contributed doc strings or !
- - The portability problems caused by indented preprocessor commands
- and C++ style comments should be gone now.
+ - Many small improvements to the quality of the documentation, both
+ PostScript, HTML and even Emacs info (library manual only).
Lots of improvements to python-mode.el again.
+ - .
- - Changes in pickle.py and cPickle.c: when unpickling an instance of
- a class that doesn't define the __getinitargs__() method, the
- __init__() constructor is no longer called. This makes a much
- larger group of classes picklable by default, but may occasionally
- change semantics. To force calling __init__() on unpickling, define
- a __getinitargs__() method. Other changes too, in particular
- cPickle now handles classes defined in packages correctly. The
- same change applies to copying instances with copy.py.
+ - New tool versioncheck.
- - Locale support in the "re" (Perl regular expressions) module. Use
- the flag re.L (or re.LOCALE) to enable locale-specific matching
- rules for \w and \b. The in-line syntax for this flag is (?L).
+ - Two bugs with ftp URLs fixed in urllib.py.
- - The built-in function isinstance(x, y) now also succeeds when y is
- a type object and type(x) is y.
+ - Fixed infinite recursion when printing __builtins__.
- - repr() and str() of class and instance objects now reflect the
- package/module in which the class is defined.
+ - A bunch of small problems fixed in Tkinter.py.
- - Module "ni" has been removed. (If you really need it, it's been
- renamed to "ni1". Let me know if this causes any problems for you.
- Package authors are encouraged to write __init__.py files that
- support both ni and 1.5 package support, so the same version can be
- used with Python 1.4 as well as 1.5.)
+ - Ported zlibmodule.c and bsddbmodule.c to NT.
- - The thread module is now automatically included when threads are
- configured. (You must remove it from your existing Setup file,
- since it is now in its own Setup.thread file.)
+ - Better NT support in tempfile.py.
- - New command line option "-x" to skip the first line of the script;
- handy to make executable scripts on non-Unix platforms.
- - In importdl.c, add the RTLD_GLOBAL to the dlopen() flags. I
- haven't checked how this affects things, but it should make symbols
- in one shared library available to the next one.
- - The Windows configuration adds a new main program, "pythonw", and
- registers a new extension, ".pyw" that invokes this. This is a
- standard Python interpreter that does not pop up a console window;
- handy for pure Tkinter applications. All output to the original
- stdout and stderr is lost; reading from the original stdin yields
+ - Latest re and pcre modules (versions of Dec. 22).
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