[darcs-users] ANNOUNCE: darcs-2.4.4

Eric Kow kowey at darcs.net
Sun May 23 10:30:44 UTC 2010

Hi all,

The darcs team would like to announce the immediate availability of darcs
2.4.4. This release fixes a couple of issues that were found in Darcs 2.4.3.
We strongly recommend that everybody using Darcs 2.4.x upgrade to this version.
As of this release, official binaries are available for both Windows
and MacOS X:

 * http://darcs.net/binaries/windows/darcs-2.4.4-win1.zip
 * http://darcs.net/binaries/macosx/darcs-2.4.4-OSX-10.6-i386.tar.gz

The easiest way to install darcs from source is using the Haskell Platform [1].
If you have installed the Haskell Platform or cabal-install, you can install
this release by doing: ::

      $ cabal update
      $ cabal install darcs

Alternatively, you can download the tarball from
http://darcs.net/releases/darcs-2.4.4_1.tar.gz and build it by hand as
explained in the README file.

What's New

* Important changes in Darcs 2.4.4

  * darcs builds on Windows with GHC 6.10 (and GHC 6.12).
  * darcs (built with GHC 6.12 on Windows) works with SSH again

* Issues resolved in Darcs 2.4.4

  * 1814: Apply binary mode to ssh process and patch file handles.

Known Issues
Aside from our fine list of bugs at http://bugs.darcs.net, there is a minor
issue with the binaries for this release: darcs --exact-version does not
report the Darcs version.  This is due to a release flub on my part.  We will
correct the binaries within a week and post new links to the wiki.  To avoid
this error, packagers for other platforms should take note to use the '_1'
version of the tarball above.

We have had several mishaps in the Darcs 2.4 series and were not expecting to
do these many point releases.  I would like to apologise for any inconvenience
we have caused.  The good news is that thanks to these these recent problems,
we have tightened up our release quality control process (buildbot testing of
the release branch on 3 major platforms, better coordination release manager
and packagers), and hope to have a much smoother Darcs 2.5 release this summer.

Reporting Bugs
If you do have an issue with this version of Darcs, you can report it via the
web on http://bugs.darcs.net/ . You can also report bugs by email to
bugs at darcs.net.

Kind Regards,
the interim darcs release manager,
Eric Kow

[1]: You can download the Haskell platform from

Eric Kow <http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Eric.Kow>
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