[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated [experimental]: readline-5.2-1, libreadline6-5.2-1

Igor Peshansky pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Wed Oct 4 15:03:00 GMT 2006

Moving to cygwin-apps, as this is a packaging issue.

On Wed, 4 Oct 2006, Eric Blake wrote:

> Additionally, this version is not strictly binary compatible with
> readline 5.1; it removes a cygwin-specific entry point that bash 3.0
> (but not bash 3.1) depended on.  Now that bash 3.0 is no longer
> available from the cygwin mirrors, I felt it safe to drop that
> cygwin-specific patch.  Although it is unlikely that any other package
> depended on this entry point, I need to know now if this decision was
> not wise, in which case I will create libreadline7 when promoting
> readline 5.2 to current, leaving libreadline6 to preserve the entry
> point; but I will only do this if someone can demonstrate why it is
> needed (hint, you would have to mention the entry point by name to show
> you know what you are talking about).

It's usually a good idea to leave the compatibility library around in any
case (hint: someone may have linked their executable with that particular
version of libreadline, and would not be in a position to rebuild the

> The upstream maintainer claims that this version fixes some prompt display
> bugs when using non-printing escape sequences with a single-line prompt.
> I have not verified this, but hope that this is the case.

FWIW, still doesn't work for me:

$ export PS1='[\[\e[32m\]\h\[\e[0m\]:\[\e[33m\]\w\[\e[0m\]] \[\]'
[helios:~] cd /c^L
[helios:~] cd /c/c
This is what's displayed.  Removing the '\[\]' at the end doesn't help.
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