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[Autogen-announce] GNU AutoGen Version 5.18.3/AutoOpts Version 40.2

From: Bruce Korb
Subject: [Autogen-announce] GNU AutoGen Version 5.18.3/AutoOpts Version 40.2
Date: Sat, 24 May 2014 15:46:22 -0700
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GNU AutoGen/AutoOpts is a two-part project that serves two separate
purposes.  The two parts are combined because they are inextricably

AutoGen is a tool designed to simplify the creation and maintenance of
programs that contain large amounts of repetitious text.  It is
especially valuable in programs that have several blocks of text that
must be kept synchronized.

AutoOpts is both an example of that and a project in its own right.
It is a very powerful configuration file, environment variable and
command line option documentation and management tool consisting of a
set of AutoGen templates and a run time library that nearly eliminates
the hassle of managing, parsing and documenting program options.

The self-referential example:

There are several other examples embedded in AutoGen:
A finite state machine generator, string name to enumeration value
conversions, and bit map and bit mask management, to name a few.

New in 5.18.3 - May, 2014
NEWS entries since the last release:

* ATTRIBUTE_FORMAT_ARG is a configured attribute that wraps
   __attribute__((__format_arg__(n))) procedure declaration attributes.
   To configure it, the ag_macros.m4 has a new macroo,
   AG_COMPILE_FORMAT_ARG (which is a compile only test probe).

* Auto-edit Guile headers that depend upon configure values
   most especially:  noreturn
   but check for "ptrdiff_t" in our configure too, so that Guile does
   not create its own duplicate definition.

* Abort from the failing function so that stack traces are useful
* The libopts m4 configure code must configure the libopts/Makefile
* Happy 2014 New Year
* make sure library option handling code does nothing when the
   library is just trying to get information about an option.
* Only apply texi2mdoc when it is needed.
* The aoGetsText() emitted i18n helper function needs its argument
   to have the "format_arg" attribute.

AutoGen home:
primary ftp:
bug reports:     autogen-users at the lists dot SourceForge net domain
bug archive:
maintainer:      Bruce Korb - bkorb at the usual GNU domain

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