[Haskell-cafe] darcs 2.4 beta 1 release

Reinier Lamers tux_rocker at reinier.de
Tue Jan 5 13:18:23 EST 2010

Hi all,

The darcs team would like to announce the immediate availability of darcs 2.4
beta 1. darcs 2.4 will contain many improvements and bugfixes compared to
darcs 2.3.1. Highlights are the fast index-based diffing which is now used by
all darcs commands, and the interactive hunk-splitting in darcs record. This 
beta is your chance to test-drive these improvements and make darcs even 

If you have installed the Haskell Platform or cabal-install, you can install
this beta release by doing:

  $ cabal update
  $ cabal install --reinstall darcs-beta

Alternatively, you can download the tarball from 
http://darcs.net/releases/darcs- , and build it by hand as 
explained in the README file. 

A list of important changes since 2.3.1 is as follows (please let me know if 
there's something you miss!):

   * Use fast index-based diffing everywhere (Petr)
   * Interactive patch splitting (Ganesh)
   * An 'optimize --upgrade' option to convert  to hashed format in-place 
   * Hunk matching (Kamil Dworakowski, tat.wright)
   * Progress reporting is no longer deceptive (Roman Plášil)
   * A 'remove --recursive' option to remove a directory tree from revision
     control (Roman Plášil)
   * A '--remote-darcs' flag for pushing to a host where darcs isn't called
   * Many miscellaneous Windows improvements (Salvatore, Petr and others)
   * 'darcs send' now mentions the repository name in the email body (Joachim)
   * Handle files with boring names in the repository correctly (Petr)
   * Fix parsing of .authorspellings file (Tomáš Caitt)
   * Various sane new command-line option names (Florent)
   * Remove the '--checkpoint' option (Petr)
   * Use external libraries for all UTF-8 handling (Eric, Reinier)
   * Use the Haskell zlib package exclusively for compression (Petr)

Kind Regards,
the darcs release manager,
Reinier Lamers
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