Re: ncurses-4.0 un-announcement

From: Thomas E. Dickey <>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 1996 06:50:36 -0500 (EST)

> I did not - and have not yet - seen such an announcement. AFAIK, I've
> been getting everything from with no hiccups.
Well, here's what _I_ got back after posting 1.9.9g. (And if you
missed the other stuff, the gist of it was that I packaged the 4.0
release, but am waiting for Zeyd to issue the announcement, as a courtesy,
since it's his mailing list).

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        I've completed my regression builds for ncurses 1.9.9g (a couple of minor
        fixes since last night). It's available in


        and will probably be in Zeyd's directory soon (I put a copy in his incoming

        (this is an interim release - further changes are planned)

        Thomas E. Dickey

> But the point I was trying to make was that there was absolutely no
> discussion about any impending release *before* it was done. No "last
> calls for patches and bug reports" or anything like that. Now I see
> some messages about bugs in 4.0...
ahem: there will also be bugs in 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, ...

(the bug that you're referring to is a minor one -- one of the debugging
traces isn't properly formatted ;-)

There was no call for patches, since that only leads to certain parties
running amuck, putting alpha-level changes into the final release. Do
recall that 1.9.9e was broken because of a last-minute change, as were
1.9.8, 1.9.7. Also recall that the main reason for my maintaining a
public beta is to forestall that problem as nearly as I can.

Juergen, Zeyd and I have been sending email to each other for a few months.
> It obviously caught Zeyd by suprise too, and he's apparently going to
> re-release it. Now it seems that we will soon have two ncurses-4.0
> releases. This is not good (and in this case, especially not good for
> linux). <sigh>
No. He was aware that it would be coming, but he hasn't been devoting
much time to it. (And he'll end up changing documentation just to assert
his position anyway).

Thomas E. Dickey
Received on Mon Dec 30 1996 - 06:50:36 EST

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