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Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 03:59:12 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Progress on roadmap to 0.9.13

Progress towards 0.9.13 is pretty much on-schedule. The
cpuset/affinity, arm memcpy, and iconv kr/tw/hk tasks are mostly
complete. nsz is working on the 387 math asm task, and I've started on
the getaddrinfo and legacy resolver functions task. I still need to do
all the work on strftime field widths; that's untouched so far. So are
most of the secondary targets.

One key target for 0.9.13 which I didn't cover above is improving
"make install" and possibly tweaking the symlink strategy for
and At several times in the past, I was fairly convinced
that it makes more sense to reverse the symlink direction and have point to rather than the other way around. However,
I keep going back to doubting that there's any good reason for it to
change. So if there are people who still care about this issue, I'd
really like to hear you speak up _now_ rather than 2 days before the
next release, or after the next release. If there's no progress on
justifying changes, I think the only changes I'm going to make in this
area are to fix lack-of-atomicity issues during installation.

Today, August 15, puts us at the beginning of the projected release
window for 0.9.13; any time in the next two weeks would still be well
within the window, and I think that's still a viable goal. If some key
targets get left out of this release, I may aim to add one more step
in the roadmap before 1.0, but I hope to avoid doing that.

One thing that's not in the current roadmap is additional ports. The
possibility of additional ports in any of the upcoming releases (even
1.0 as long as the new ports are labeled experimental) is something
I've had in mind for a long time, but as I'm probably not going to
have time to spend on ports in addition to meeting the rest of the
goals I have, the bulk of the work on additional ports would need to
come from other contributors.


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