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This file briefly describes all changes to XEmacs in the OXYMORON
series of releases.  In principle there should be no user interface
changes listed here, since this is intended to be a stable series.  In
practice, some bugfixes do involve user-visible changes.  In general
users should be happy about them, but they may affect workarounds you
have put in place.  So those that do are noted here with (**).

Also, the MS Windows platform support is not fully mature, and the GTK
platform support is explicitly experimental.  In those cases
improvements that provably do not affect other platforms are accepted.
The platform affected is noted, and the change is flagged (**).

Fixing a critical bug is not considered a "user interface change" in the
sense that there should be no way for it to interfere with you getting
more work done.

Where there are many changes, they will be grouped into run-time,
build-time, and "documentation and data" changes.

For more details, including developers involved and dates, see the
ChangeLogs, or use CVS diff to view the patches.

to 21.4.12 "Portable Code"

-- Fix: Type typos (welcome back!) -- Martin Buchholz
-- Fix: Cygwin link breakage with new binutils -- Sergey Okhapkin
-- Fix: Cygwin: Bump stack size to 8MB for large regexps -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: Cygwin build breakage from Ben's printing patch -- Rick Rankin
-- Fix: Don't require GNOME for Mozilla -- Ville Skytt�
-- Fix: nnimap hangs in process output -- Daiki Ueno
-- Update: about.el information -- Ilya Golubev
-- Update: More tests/automated/regexp-tests.el cases -- Stephen Turnbull

to 21.4.11 "Native Windows TTY Support"

-- (**) More menubar options for browse-url -- Ville Skytt�
-- Fix: Can't find dumpfile of symlinked xemacs -- Vin Shelton
-- Fix: Deadlock in Xt timers -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Fix: mmap crash (glibc 2.3.x) in build -- Wolfram Gloger
-- Fix: Restore layout patch -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: Minor bugs -- Ben Wing
-- New: Berkeley db 4.1 support -- Greg Allen
-- New: Dynamic initialization of auto-mode-alist -- Ville Skytt�
-- New: Print memory check results in crash -- Ben Wing
-- Build: Default pdump on for Linux -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Build: Native Windows utilities build right -- Ben Wing
-- Build: Mule regexp tests -- Daiki Ueno, Stephen Turnbull
-- Docs: regex/alloca PROBLEM -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Docs: Lesstif PROBLEM -- Frank McIngvale
-- Docs: Examples, corrections, and oxymorons -- Katsumi Yamaoka, John Paul Wallington, Stephen Turnbull, Giacomo Boffi, Ville Skytt�, Ilya Golubev, Andy Piper, Ben Wing

to 21.4.10 "Military Intelligence"

-- (**) C-x r d invokes delete-rectangle -- Katsumi Yamaoka
-- (**) Check Mule coding cookie in 2d line, too -- Stephen Turnbull
-- (**) Default lookup-syntax-properties to nil -- Andy Piper, Stephen Turnbull
-- Fix: Always generate auto-autoloads.el -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Fix: Code typos -- Stephen Turnbull, Katsumi Yamaoka
-- Fix: Freeze in certain modal dialogs -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: Layout geometry bug -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: Resizing bug in layouts -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: Stale match data bug -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Fix: Ugly dialog layouts -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: font-lock-syntax-keywords tromps font-lock-keywords -- Daiki Ueno
-- Fix: revert-buffer bugs -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: (Cygwin) Regex crashes; increase stack size -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: (HP/UX) Don't use getaddrinfo -- Darryl Okahata, Stephen Turnbull
-- Fix: (MS Windows) Handle leak -- Mike Alexander
-- Fix: (Native Windows) Truename bug  -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Fix: (Unix) Subprocess problems -- Mike Sperber, Stephen Turnbull
-- Fix: (X11) CPU-eating XEmacs process at gdm logout -- Ben Sigelman
-- Fix: (X11) Crash in external widget -- I. N. Golubev
-- New: NAS 1.6 support -- Raymond Toy
-- Improve: (Build) New regression tests -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Improve: Crash message -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Improve: FontSet defaults -- Ville Skytt�, Stephen Turnbull
-- Improve: GNU synchs: parse-sexp-lookup-properties -- Alan Mackenzie, Stephen Turnbull
-- Improve: Optimize update_syntax_cache -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Improve: Test suite more friendly, some docs -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Docs: Improve PROBLEMS, INSTALL, etc/BETA -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Docs: New FAQs -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Docs: New PROBLEMs -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Docs: New configure.usage -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Docs: New oxymorons -- Stephen Turnbull, Christopher Sekiya
-- Docs: Typo fixes -- Jerry James, Ville Skytt�, Stephen Turnbull, Norbert Koch, Juergen Stuber
-- Docs: Update manuals on syntax functions, byte-compiler options -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Docs: Update package sites and Texi docs -- Ville Skytt�
-- Docs: (Native Windows) Remove redundant quoting in Installation -- Adrian Aichner

to 21.4.9 "Informed Management"

-- (**) (MS Windows) new winclient -- Andy Piper, others
-- (**) Mule auto-decompresses in find-library -- Steve Youngs
-- (**) PUI displays author and package versions, balloon-help -- Steve Youngs
-- (**) autoload and bind `replace-rectangle -- Didier Verna
-- Crash fix: (HP/UX) in Motif on updating non-labels -- Darryl Okahata,
   Andy Piper
-- Crash fix: (MS Windows) on bogus time -- Nick Pakoulin, Stephen Turnbull
-- Crash fix: in handling of dead consoles -- Ben Wing
-- Crash fix: in process handling (several) -- Mike Sperber
-- Crash fix: in skip-chars -- Ben Wing, Stephen Turnbull
-- Crash fix: on finding non-existent XML file -- Stephen Turnbull, Ben Wing,
   Michael Sperber
-- Fix: URL handling (Cygwin) -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: bogus arguments in custom-theme-set-variables -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: bogus reinitialization breaking ru-keys.el -- Dmitry Astapov
-- Fix: call-process-region deletes region after use -- Mike Alexander
-- Fix: case (in)sensitivity in replace-in-string -- Didier Verna
-- Fix: completion refers to correct history -- Christoph Wedler
-- Fix: don't use RTLD_GLOBAL in DSOs -- Jerry James
-- Fix: failures to redisplay (MS Windows) -- Mike Alexander, Andy Piper,
   Adrian Aichner
-- Fix: file renaming (MS Windows) -- Mathias Grimmberger
-- Fix: find architecture directory correctly -- Jerry James
-- Fix: freeze on virtual desktop switch (MS Windows) -- Rick Rankin
-- Fix: glyph handling, especially baselines -- Andy Piper, Nix
-- Fix: handle popup dialogs correlcty (MS Windows) -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: mousewheel handling (MS Windows) -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: short file name handling (MS Windows) -- Andy Piper, Peter Arius
-- Fix: shrink to fit windows work -- Jerry James
-- Fix: toolbar doesn't update if gutters move bug -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: uneven horizontal window splits -- Jerry James
-- Improve: GNU synchs in Lisp API: join-line, :set-after, add-to-list,
   custom-local-buffer, font-lock-doc-face, font-lock-builtin-face,
   font-lock-constant-face, custom-set-default
   -- Ville Skytt�, John Paul Wallington, Andy Piper
-- Improve: revert-buffer omits expensive operations if no change -- Andy Piper
-- Improve: change registry key to XEmacs (MS Windows) -- Andy Piper
-- Improve: 2d arg of split-string-by-char is required -- Brian A Palmer
-- Improve: printer handling on MS (native and Cygwin) -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: (Build) allow disabling Internet sockets in gnuserv -- Gregory Steuck
-- Fix: (Build) unsigned-signed compare warnings -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Fix: (Build/Cygwin) X + Windows build gets widgets -- Andy Piper
-- Fix: (Build/Unix) configure --usage -- Jerry James
-- Fix: (Build/Unix) protect linker args for PPC -- Malcolm Purvis
-- Improve: (Build) make-autoload supports define-derived-mode
   -- Stephen Turnbull and Didier Verna
-- Improve: (Build/MS Windows) Maintainer build process -- Andy Piper
-- Improve: (Build/MS Windows) default to pdump -- Jonathan Harris
-- Improve: (Build/MS Windows) update documentation -- Jonathan Harris
-- Improve: (Build/Unix) 64-bit ELF support -- Gregory Steuck
-- Improve: (Build/Unix) OpenBSD support -- Gregory Steuck
-- Docs: "vanity" updates -- Andy Piper
-- Docs: Info minor updates -- Simon Josefsson, Ville Skytt�, Adrian Aichner,
   Steve Youngs, Jerry James
-- Docs: Info new nodes: Regression Testing XEmacs -- Stephen Turnbull
-- Docs: Info typo fixes -- Adrian Aichner (many!)
-- Docs: docstring typo fixes -- John Paul Wallington, Stephen Turnbull,
   Ville Skytt�, Andy Piper, Jerry James, Adrian Aichner
-- Docs: new FAQs: Killing is slow, Q2.0.15 -- Stephen Turnbull, Adrian Aichner
-- Docs: new PROBLEMS -- Stephen Turnbull

to XEmacs 21.4.8 "Honest Recruiter"

-- Fix: "yank-pop twice" bug -- Jerry James, Stephen J. Turnbull
-- Fix: broken process input from race condition patch -- Nix

to XEmacs 21.4.7 "Economic Science"

-- Fix: prevent migration code from trashing .emacs -- Stephen J. Turnbull
-- Fix: XmProcessTraversal crash -- Stephen J. Turnbull
-- Fix: crash in GTK popup menu -- William M. Perry
-- Fix: dll_load to avoid incorrect symbol binding -- Andrew Begel
-- Fix: emodules_load to avoid multiple loading of same module -- Jerry James
-- Fix: recover gracefully from XOpenDevice failure -- Mike Sperber

-- (**) Fix: write-region-pre-hook obeys coding-system argument -- Stephen J.
-- (**) Improve: GTK selection handling -- Eric Gillespie, Jr.
-- (**) New: auto-modes: .siv, .sieve, GNUmakefile, Xdefaults -- Ville Skytt�,
   Simon Josefsson
-- Fix: race condition detecting dead process -- Nix
-- Fix: default Info-auto-generate-directory to 'if-outdated. -- Adrian
-- Fix: generic-print-region passes correct arguments Nevin Kapur, Bj�rn
   Torkelsson, Adrian Aichner
-- Fix: regenerate info dir when missing -- Mike Sperber
-- Fix: truncate menu item to width -- Adrian Aichner
-- Update: GNU synchs: assq-delete-all, function-interactive, describe-mode
   -- John Paul Wallington

-- Fix: "--with-widgets" means "=yes", and autodetect athena. -- Jan Vroonhof
-- Fix: add -Wno-shadow for GTK -- William M. Perry
-- Fix: make moduledir option work -- Mike Fabian
-- Fix: native Windows build dependencies with pdump -- Adrian Aichner
-- Fix: clean up name space after automated tests -- Stephen J. Turnbull
-- Improve: native Windows build -- Jonathan Harris
-- Fix: typo in macro definition -- Martin Buchholz

-- Fix: typos -- Adrian Aichner, Steve Youngs, Charles Waldman
-- Improve: Packages node -- Stephen J. Turnbull
-- Improve: comments and docstrings -- Stephen J. Turnbull, Christoph Wedler,
   Valdis Kletnieks, John H. Palmieri
-- Improve: etc/BETA -- Stephen J. Turnbull, Jarl Friis
-- New: External Client Widget Internals node -- Stephen J. Turnbull
-- New: FAQ: Unicode support via Mule-UCS. -- Stephen J. Turnbull
-- New: FAQ: remote files -- Stephen J. Turnbull
-- New: Glyph, graphics examples node -- Darryl Okahata
-- New: TUTORIAL.se -- Mats Lidell
-- New: The User's View [of packages] node -- Stephen J. Turnbull
-- New: autoconfiscate MacOS/X "Darwin" -- Greg Parker, Martin Buchholz
-- New: s/linux.h for 64-bit libs -- Andreas Jaeger
-- Update: photos -- Hrvoje Niksic
-- Update: Files node: remote file editing, EFS, TRAMP -- Stephen J. Turnbull
-- Update: URLs in FAQ -- Adrian Aichner, Stephen J. Turnbull
-- Update: package-index.LATEST.pgp -- Steve Youngs

to XEmacs 21.4.6 "Common Lisp"

-- Changing coding system marks buffer as modified.
-- More file/directory dialogs available on Windows.
-- In replace-regexp, subexpression replacement supported.
-- Motif bug causes intermittent crashes.  Patch Motif: see PROBLEMS.
-- Common subexpression optimization caused an illegal pointer
   reference in regexp replace; fixed.
-- Autosave files are now saved in current coding system (where file
   coding supported).  This resolves the "doubled escape" bug common
   in Japanese mail files, but increases the chance that autosave
   files will contain garbage (because the buffer contents cannot be
   saved correctly in the current coding system).
-- Failure to save certain customizations fixed.
-- Ability to customize fonts improved, especially the "cannot
   customize italic" bug
-- Window loop now properly iterates over multiple devices; some
   problems with wrong window being selected (eg, with gnuclient)
-- Certain infloops in password prompts, etc, fixed.
-- Make space for symbols defined in modules in Lisp symbol tables
-- Errors due to failure to conform to pop-up menu API in GTK fixed.
-- Cygwin URL handling in shell calls fixed.
-- Inability to select directories fixed.
-- Initial VC.NET support.
-- New node on "packaging" for library developers in Lispref.
-- Fix incorrect ctime to Lisp conversion.
-- Many typo fixes and small documentation enhancements.
-- New section of examples of glyph usage in Lispref.
-- Make `truncate-partial-width-windows' effect buffer-local.
-- Suppress bogus focus changes.
-- Fix custom's handling of font size and family.
-- Fix comboreloc crash (common on Linux when making first frame).
-- Default --with-ipv6-cname=no.
-- From 21.4.5 "Civil Service (Windows)":
   -- Fixed a scrollbar problem when selecting the frame with focus.
   -- Fixed `mswindows-shell-execute' under cygwin.
   -- Added a new function `mswindows-cygwin-to-win32-path' for JDE.
   -- Added support for dialog-based directory selection.
   -- The installer version has been updated to the 21.5 netinstaller.  The
      21.5 installer now does proper dde file association and adds uninstall
   -- Handle leak fix from Mike Alexander.
   -- New release build script.

to XEmacs 21.4.5 "Civil Service"

-- Now installs arch-specific files relative to $execdir, not $prefix.
-- New configure.ac guards against autoconf 2.5x, not yet supported.
-- (**) configure.ac added to auto-mode-alist.
-- Synch configure.usage with configure.in.
-- Add GTK defaults in several places.
-- Fix Lisp syntax in several files.
-- call-process-internal reads files as 'binary, now writes 'binary too.
-- FAQ corrections.
-- Many typo fixes.
-- Correct case for XEmacs file names under msw (Cygwin is pedantic).
-- Fix progress gauge flashing under OpenMotif.
-- Texinfo syntax corrections in Info sources.
-- Bug reporting now politically correct.
-- Now detects xpm-nox on Cygwin.
-- Conditionalize `-msw.c against Cygwin and MSVC5 deficiencies.
-- .9 files now recognized as manpages (shadowed by ChangeLog and .scm).
-- Fix "gc in window proc" and "setitimer" crashes on msw.
-- Quote null arguments correctly on msw.
-- Fix pty allocation on SCO Unix.
-- Eliminate a few warnings.

to XEmacs 21.4.4 "Artificial Intelligence"

-- (**) There is a bug in "window procedures" under MS Windows only.
   Non-debug builds print a warning on stderr, and you may want to
   consider XEmacs unstable (save and restart) if you see it (debug
   builds assert here).
-- Printing the selection is implemented for MS Windows
-- C-g now works on MS Windows
-- Kinsoku (text wrapping for Asian scripts) fixes
-- "Scrolling with no scrollbar" crash on MS Windows fixed
-- Case conversion works for Cyrillic
-- Help is available with C-x s
-- M-x locate-library completes library names
-- (**) `replace-match' supports FSF-style match subexpressions
-- `compose-mail' is supported in about.el
-- (**) Renaming custom.el to inhibit loading it works
-- (**) "Reset to standard" works with "set" and "saved" Custom
-- `Unbalanced parentheses' bug when dealing with mixed comment
   styles in c++/java/etc. mode fixed
-- Byte-compiler optimization fixes
-- Dired can handle directory names with unusual characters
-- Popup menus work with popup-menu-titles turned off
-- (**) M-? now invokes Help
-- Data corruption in network streams on MS Windows fixed
-- A few improvements and bug fixes in GTK support.

-- (**) EsounD support is no longer autodetected; you must explicitly
   request it.  EsounD does evil things with signals and XEmacs
   cannot protect itself from the race conditions created.
-- (**) The "excessively long startup when not networked" (often on
   Red Hat Linux) problem is addressed with a configure option that
   defeats IPv6 host name canonicalization, `--with-ipv6-cname=no'.
   See also the discussion in PROBLEMS.
-- Better detection of Cygwin Perl
-- Support for old Cygwin betas dropped
-- Better support for Windows Millenium Edition
-- --with-widgets=no no longer autodetects Athena
-- Self tests work if directory is a symlink
-- Use ld reported by gcc, not gcc itself, to link
-- TAR define added to src/Makefile

-- Many small and medium documentation fixes, including an improved
   etc/sample.init.el, German tutorial, CCL fonts documentation
-- etc/xemacs-ja.1 replaced with new translation
-- much improved FAQ

to XEmacs 21.4.3 "Academic Rigor"

-- Restore include of src/events-mod.h.
-- Detect Windows native sound under Cygwin
-- Restore patch for building --with-scrollbars=no

-- Update package docs
-- More photos
-- Misc comment fixes in source

to XEmacs 21.4.2 "Developer-Friendly Unix APIs"

-- (**) Stop shifted motion from making active region persist if no motion.
-- (**) MS Windows: Printer support now (optionally) adds headers/footers.
-- (**) MS Windows: Critical-quit works.
-- (**) GTK: Face editor changes can apply to GTK too.
-- Fix hang in Customize menu on Windows platforms.
-- Fix crash with xlc -O3 on AIX.
-- make-charset handles short-name correctly.

-- Trivial sign-compare warning fix.
-- MS Windows: nt/*.mak version string fix and assorted build cleanups.
-- GCC 3.0 link error from cruft fixed.
-- make-stds.info builds again with makeinfo 3.12

-- Remove CVS keywords from build-report.el.
-- Miscellaneous documentation fixes.
-- Add photos, update descriptions in about.el.
-- Update copyright notice on splash screen.
-- FTP mirror site updates

to XEmacs 21.4.1 "Copyleft"

-- Temporary fix to crash in map-keymap applied.
-- Crash in Motif builds on closing frame fixed.

-- Descriptions of workarounds for crashes and hangs related to ESD
   (don't configure it) and Athena3d (how to configure it properly)
   added to PROBLEMS.

-- about.el overhauled, a few new hackers' entries or photos added,
   and old ones updated.
-- More etc\NEWS.
-- Typo fix in etc\sample.init.el.
-- Typos fixed in a number of documents.

to XEmacs 21.4.0 "Solid Vapor"

-- Initial release of 21.4 series.  See NEWS for changes since the last
   stable release, 21.1.