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Changes since Pike 7.4: 
---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
New/improved functionality: 
--------------------------- 
 
o rsif 
    rsif can now work recursively in a file structure if given the 
    flag -r or --recursive. Example: 
      pike -x rsif -r 7.4 7.6 
 
o The automatic garbage collection strategy is configurable 
    The garbage collector can be configured to take both the amount of 
    garbage and the cpu time spent in the gc into account. Automatic 
    gc runs can also be disabled in critical regions. See the function 
    Pike.gc_parameters. 
 
o sort() is stable 
    Unlike previous releases, sort() will keep the original order 
    between elements that are equal. This was not implemented as a 
    separate function since it could be done with virtually no extra 
    overhead. 
 
o sort() is portable 
    Sort is now locale and platform independent. In other words, 
    strings are now compared only according to the unicode value of 
    every character. 
 
o Reworked codec 
    The codec for serialization of Pike data types has been updated 
    and has a significally improved successrate at encoding modules. 
 
o Less magic hacks 
    Several Pike modules have been cleaned up from old hacks and 
    workarounds for problems which now have proper solutions. This 
    should improve size, performance, dumpability and readability 
    of the affected code. In addition lots of internal types in Pike 
    have been tightened up and several more files now use the pragma 
    strict_types, which has resulted in some additional bugfixes. 
 
o INT64 
    On 64 bit architechtures Pike will now use full 64 bits integer 
    before resorting to Gmp.mpz objects for large numbers. 
 
o IPv6 
 
 
Build baluns: 
------------- 
bundles 
 
 
Language additions: 
------------------- 
 
 
New modules / classes / methods added: 
-------------------------------------- 
 
o trace() can trace all threads 
    The configure option --without-thread-trace has been removed, but 
    instead the trace() function has been extended to make it possible 
    to set the trace level in all threads simultaneously. 
 
o Regexp.PCRE added to give libpcre support. 
    Are you a closet-perlet? For those who missed the richer flora of 
    regexp syntax that Perl supports, the Perl Compatible Regular 
    Expression module is the answer. If you compile libpcre with UTF-8 
    support you will also get transparent wide string support. Several 
    convenience functions are also added to the Regexp module to 
    enable easier access to regular expressions. 
 
o Crypto/Nettle 
    The crypto module has been almost completely rewritten and now 
    uses libnettle as backend instead of the built in crypto 
    algorithms that Pike had before. This way Pike will benefit from 
    the more active development and optimization work in the Nettle 
    project. The most common hash and cipher methods are already 
    written in assembler for several platforms. As an example SHA1 is 
    about 40% faster than before on Intel platforms. 
 
    With the new nettle support comes support for two new cipher 
    algorithms, Blowfish and Serpent, and the new NIST hash algorithm 
    SHA256. Note that the new Crypto module has renamed its 
    identifiers to be consistent with the rest of Pike, and in some 
    cases to clarify or correct bad names. The old names still work, 
    but produce a warning unless Pike is run in compatibility mode. 
    Compatibility outside compatibility mode will be removed in the 
    future. 
 
    The interfaces for the hash and cipher algorithms has been 
    improved and they no longer only conform to predefined interfaces, 
    but actually inherits Hash/HashState and Cipher/CipherState. Every 
    algorithm is in itself a module in the Crypto module, and inherits 
    the Hash/Cipher class. This module contains instance non-specific 
    methods such as digest_size or key_size. By calling the `() method 
    in the module a HashState/CipherState object is returned, which is 
    a hash/cipher instance which can be used for streaming operations. 
 
    Examples: 
 
      Crypto.MD5.hash("Hash this string"); 
 
      Crypto.MD5()->update("Hash this ")->update("string")->digest(); 
 
    The confusing and hard to use Crypto.randomness has been obsoleted 
    by the Nettle implementation of the Yarrow random generator. The 
    Nettle implementation of Yarrow uses AES and SHA256. The 
    Crypto.Random module acts as a frontend before system crypto 
    sources and ensure that no matter how bad your OS is, you will 
    still get cryptographically strong random data. 
 
 
o Crypto.PGP 
    The start of a PGP/GPG toolkit. It still cannot handle all types 
    of signatures nor generate any, but it is useful to verify 
    selfsigned code and data. 
 
 
o ADT.Struct 
    This module makes it possible to work with binary formats of the 
    packed-struct-type. Simply create a class and specify the members 
    in order, create an object with a file object as argument and then 
    read the decoded values from the object as ordinary variables. 
 
      class ID3 { 
        inherit ADT.Struct; 
        Item head = Chars(3); 
        Item title = Chars(30); 
        Item artist = Chars(30); 
        Item album = Chars(30); 
        Item year = Chars(4); 
        Item comment = Chars(30); 
        Item genre = Byte(); 
      } 
 
      Stdio.File f = Stdio.File("foo.mp3"); 
      f->seek(-128); 
      ADT.Struct tag = ID3(f); 
      if(tag->head=="TAG") { 
        write("Title: %s\n", tag->title); 
        tag->title = "A new title" + "\0"*19; 
        f->seek(-128); 
        f->write( (string)tag ); 
      } 
 
 
o ADT.BitBuffer 
    When operating on data formats that are defined on bit level, the 
    ADT.BitBuffer presents a convenient interface. It operates as a 
    FIFO buffer on bit level, which allows you to read and write bits 
    and bytes. 
 
      > ADT.BitBuffer b=ADT.BitBuffer(); 
      > b->put1(2); 
      (1) Result: ADT.BitBuffer(11) 
      > b->put0(15); 
      (2) Result: ADT.BitBuffer("À\0"0) 
      > b->drain(); 
      (3) Result: "À\0" 
      > sizeof(b); 
      (4) Result: 1 
 
 
o Debug.Wrapper 
    A simple litte wrapper that can be placed around another object to 
    get printouts about what is happening to it. Only a few LFUNs are 
    currently supported. 
 
      > object x=Debug.Wrapper(Crypto.MD5()); 
      Debug.Wrapper is proxying ___Nettle.MD5_State() 
      > x->name(); 
      ___Nettle.MD5_State()->name 
      (1) Result: "md5" 
      > !x; 
      !___Nettle.MD5_State() 
      (2) Result: 0 
 
 
o Image.NEO 
    Support for one of the major image formats on Atari ST/STE, 
    including decoding of color cycling. The C bitmap and palette 
    handler can be used to implement other atari image formats. 
 
 
 
o _ADT 
o Geography RT38 
o Int 
o Pike.Security 
o Protocols.HTTP.Session 
o Tools.Shoot/Standalone.benchmark 
o Standalone.cgrep 
o Standalone.dump 
o Standalone.extract_locale 
o Image.NEO 
o Bz2 
o Process.Process 
o Error 
o Float 
o GLUE 
o Protocols.Bittorrent 
o Protocols.LMTP 
o Web.RDF/RDFS/OWL/RSS 
o Parser.RCS 
 
Optimizations: 
-------------- 
 
o Instantiation and destruction of pike-classes is now significantly faster. 
 
o Handling of bignums has been optimized, especially conversion 
  to/from normal integers. 
 
o String case conversion is now five times faster than before on 
  average. 
 
 
Compatibility changes: 
---------------------- 
 
Compatibility changes without backward compatibility: 
----------------------------------------------------- 
 
o Module ABI changed 
  The pike_frame struct has a new member, which makes modules compiled 
  with earlier versions of Pike incompatible. 
 
 
C level/development changes: 
---------------------------- 
 
o The security.h include file is renamed to pike_security.h 
 
Bugs fixed: 
----------- 
 
 
Uncategorized misc changes: 
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