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[leafnode-list] leafnode-1.9.50.rc1 available
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leafnode 1.9.50 release candidate #1 is available at
It can be downloaded as source .tar.bz2 tarball
or as binary RPM for i486 or better Linux machines with GLIBC 2.2.
NEWS since 1.9.49.rel:
o Fetchnews: "noactive" has never since its introduction into 1.9.25 worked as
documented and still fetched the active file when "forceactive" was set
(through -f or expiry of timeout_active). Align actual behaviour with the
o Fetchnews: Quickly proceed to next server when serious trouble is
encountered during group fetch, that is, premature server disconnect or
missing credentials or authentication failure.
o Robustness: overview (NOV, XOVER) is now more tolerant with respect to
leading whitespace, including HTAB characters.
o Texpire: log errors in addition to printing them.
o Checkgroups: Plug a memory leak.
o Cleanup: Print NNTP-connect related errors on console as well (not only to
o Fetchnews: fix some format strings for integers. Harmless on 32-bit
platforms but can cause crashes or bogus output/logging on 64-bit.
### PORTABILITY IMPROVEMENTS
o Portability: PATH_MAX is almost gone, a POSIX system need not define it. If
it is missing, we assume 4096. PATH_MAX is not used to size static array,
but only gives the initial array size for dynamically sized strings that
extend automatically when the size is insufficient.
This should help the GNU Hurd vaporware should it ever materialize.
o Portability: autoconf's SETVBUF_REVERSED check breaks on ICC 8. Skip it.
o Cleanup: update.sh (run by make update, to update spools written by leafnode
1.6 and older) will now remind the user he has to delete groupinfo.old.
o Texpire: now updates .overview information should a previous fetchnews run
have been interrupted hard.
o Fetchnews: made logging and console printing more consistent to aid
debugging. Careful changes to some severities.
o Texpire: support -q to suppress all non-error output.
o Texpire: -h option now exits 0.
o Documentation: Updates to texpire, leafnode, fetchnews manual pages.
o If the compiler is an Intel one, ./configure refrains from adding GCC
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