GNU's Bulletin, vol. 1 no. 24, March, 1998
Table of Contents
New to GNU are Free Software Foundation officers Geoffrey
Knauth, who serves as Treasurer, and Timothy Ney,
who serves as Clerk and manages the FSF Distribution Office.
Our new technical writer, Michael Stutz, is about to begin
writing A GNU/Linux Cookbook, which will explain to non-programmers
how to use a GNU/Linux System for non-programming activities.
Those who have moved on are Jim Blandy (who still maintains
GUILE), Miles Bader, Thomas Bushnell
n/BSG (still working on the GNU HURD), and Melissa
Weisshaus. We wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors.
Karl Heuer enhances Emacs and works on an accounting
package. He also produces Deluxe Distributions with Ian
Murdock, Noel Cragg, Alia Atlas,
and others. Brian Youmans is our Distribution Manager and
handles online inquiries. Paul Wendt handles the phones
and much of the administrative work in the office. We thank them for their
Prof. Masayuki Ida is our Vice President for
Japan. He organizes Japanese events and works with GNU's friends in Japan.
Volunteer Joel N. Weber II is system
administrator for the GNU machines; Martin Hamilton handles
the GNU mailing lists; Franklin R. Jones takes
care of the GNU web site; Steve Morningthunder and
Alex Bernadin help coordinate all of the many other
volunteers in the GNU Project. Richard Stallman continues
as a volunteer who does countless tasks including Emacs development.
Administrivia and Copyright
Written & Edited by
Thomas Bushnell, n/BSG, Tim Ney, and Paul Wendt.
Illustrations by Etienne Suvasa and Jamal Hannah.
Japanese Edition by Mieko Hikichi and Nobuyuki Hikichi
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We do this by promoting the development and use of free software.
Specifically, we are putting together a complete, integrated software
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The Board of the Foundation is: Richard M. Stallman, President;
Gerald J. Sussman
and Geoffrey Knauth, Directors.
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But this permits proprietary modified versions, which deny
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goal of giving freedom to all users. To prevent this,
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and redistribute the code; the code and the freedoms become legally
The copyleft used by the GNU Project is made from the combination of a
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The GPL is a copying license which basically says that you have the
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What Is Linux?
Linux (named after its main author, Linus Torvalds) is a GPL'ed kernel that
implements POSIX.1 functionality with SysV & BSD extensions.
GNU/Linux systems are now available for Alpha &
An m68k port is in
testing (it runs on high end Amiga & Atari computers).
MIPS, PowerPC & Sparc ports are being worked on.
FTP it from
ftp.kernel.org in `/pub/linux' (USA)
ftp.funet.fi in `/pub/Linux' (Europe).
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newsgroups such as
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What Is a GNU/Linux System?
by Richard M. Stallman
Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every
day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the
version of GNU which is widely used today is more often known as
"Linux", and many users are not aware of the extent of its
connection with the GNU Project.
There really is a Linux; it is a kernel, and these people are using
it. But you can't use a kernel by itself; a kernel is useful only as
part of a whole system. The system in which Linux is typically used
is a modified variant of the GNU system--in other words, a Linux-based
Many users are not fully aware of the distinction between the kernel,
which is Linux, and the whole system, which they also call "Linux".
The ambiguous use of the name doesn't promote understanding.
Programmers generally know that Linux is a kernel. But since they
have generally heard the whole system called "Linux" as well, they
often envisage a history which fits that name. For example, many
believe that once Linus Torvalds finished writing the kernel, his
friends looked around for other free software, and for no particular
reason most everything necessary to make a Unix-like system was
What they found was no accident--it was the GNU system. The
available free software added up to a complete system because the GNU
Project had been working since 1984 to make one. The GNU Project set
forth the goal of developing a free Unix-like system, called GNU. By
the time Linux was written, the system was almost finished.
Most free software projects have the goal of developing a particular
program for a particular job. For example, Linus Torvalds set out to
write a Unix-like kernel (Linux); Donald Knuth set out to write a text
formatter (TeX); Bob Scheifler set out to develop a window system (X
Windows). It's natural to measure the contribution of this kind of
project by specific programs that came from the project.
If we tried to measure the GNU Project's contribution in this way,
what would we conclude? One CD-ROM vendor found that in their "Linux
distribution", GNU software was the largest single contingent, around
28% of the total source code, and this included some of the essential
major components without which there could be no system. Linux itself
was about 3%. So if you were going to pick a name for the system
based on who wrote the programs in the system, the most appropriate
single choice would be "GNU".
But we don't think that is the right way to consider the question.
The GNU Project was not, is not, a project to develop specific
software packages. It was not a project to develop a C compiler,
although we did. It was not a project to develop a text editor,
although we developed one. The GNU Project's aim was to develop
a complete free Unix-like system.
Many people have made major contributions to the free software in the
system, and they all deserve credit. But the reason it is a
system---and not just a collection of useful programs--is because the
GNU Project set out to make it one. We wrote the programs that were
needed to make a complete free system. We wrote essential but
unexciting major components, such as the assembler and linker, because
you can't have a system without them. A complete system needs more
than just programming tools, so we wrote other components as well,
such as the Bourne Again SHell, the PostScript interpreter
Ghostscript, and the GNU C library,
By the early 90s we had put together the whole system aside from the
kernel (and we were also working on a kernel, the GNU Hurd, which runs
on top of Mach). Developing this kernel has been a lot harder than we
expected, and we are still working on finishing it.
Fortunately, you don't have to wait for it, because Linux is working
now. When Linus Torvalds wrote Linux, he filled the last major gap.
People could then put Linux together with the GNU system to make a
complete free system: a Linux-based GNU system (or GNU/Linux system,
Putting them together sounds simple, but it was not a trivial job.
The GNU C library (called glibc for short) needed substantial changes.
Integrating a complete system as a distribution that would work "out
of the box" was a big job, too. It required addressing the issue of
how to install and boot the system--a problem we had not tackled,
because we hadn't yet reached that point. The people who developed
the various system distributions made a substantial contribution.
Aside from GNU, one other project has independently produced a free
Unix-like operating system. This system is known as BSD, and it was
developed at UC Berkeley. The BSD developers were inspired by the
example of the GNU Project, and occasionally encouraged by GNU
activists, but their actual work had little overlap with GNU. BSD
systems today use some GNU software, just as the GNU system and its
variants use some BSD software; but taken as wholes, they are two
different systems which evolved separately. A free operating system
that exists today is almost certainly either a variant of the GNU
system, or a kind of BSD system.
The GNU Project supports GNU/Linux systems as well as the
GNU system--even with funds. We funded the rewriting of the
Linux-related extensions to the GNU C library, so that now they are
well integrated, and the newest GNU/Linux systems use the current
library release with no changes. We also funded an early stage of the
development of Debian GNU/Linux.
We use Linux-based GNU systems today for most of our work, and we hope you
use them too. But please don't confuse the public by using the name
"Linux" ambiguously. Linux is the kernel, one of the essential major
components of the system. The system as a whole is more or less the GNU
system. Please use the term "Linux-based GNU system" or "GNU/Linux"
when you talk about the system which is a combination of Linux and GNU.
What Is the Hurd?
The Hurd is a collection of server processes that run on top of Mach, a
free message-passing microkernel developed at CMU. The Hurd and Mach
together form the kernel of the GNU/Hurd operating system. The GNU C Library
implements the Unix "system call" interface by sending messages to
Hurd servers as appropriate.
The Hurd allows users to create and share useful projects without
knowing much about the internal workings of the system--projects that might
never have been attempted without freely available source, a well-designed
interface, and a multiple server design. The Hurd is thus like other
expandable GNU software, e.g. Emacs and GUILE.
Currently, there are free ports of the Mach kernel to the 386 PC, the DEC
PMAX workstation, and several other machines, with more in progress,
including the Amiga, PA-RISC HP 700, & DEC Alpha-3000. Contact us if
you want to help with one of these or start your own. Porting the GNU Hurd
& GNU C Library is easy (easier than porting GNU Emacs, certainly easier
than porting the compiler) once a Mach port to a particular platform
We have made several test releases of the Hurd.
We need help with significant Hurd-related projects.
Experienced system programmers who are interested should send mail
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Library to new systems is another way to help.
You can obtain
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along with complete binaries for an i386 GNU/Hurd system. We will not be
distributing these on CD-ROM until they are more stable.
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redistributors and publishers who donate to the FSF make clear and precise
statements of the amount of donation on their packaging and book covers.
For example, IKARIOS of France donates 5 FF from sale of each
LINDIS, SuSE, or Red Hat CD set. Their packaging specifies "5 FF to the
Free Software Foundation for the GNU Project". And Kyoto
Micro Computer of Japan regularly donates 10% of its
Red Hat Software
donates $1.00 for every copy of the Power Tools CD set.
The Sun Users' Group -- Deutschland is
exceptionally clear: their CD says, "Price 90 DM, + 12 DM donation to the
We thank all of these free software redistributors for contributing to the GNU Project in a clear way.
By arrangement with author Arnold Robbins, Specialized
Systems Consultants donates 3% of revenues from
Effective AWK Programming and the associated AWK Reference
Card. Many authors of articles in SSC's Linux Journal designate
us to receive their fees.
In the long run, the success of free software depends on how much new free
software people develop. Distribution of free software or its
documentation offers an opportunity to raise funds for such development in
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opportunity, but many others let it go to waste.
You can help promote free software development by convincing for-a-fee
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or by donating to development organizations (the FSF and others).
The way to convince distributors to contribute is to demand and expect
this of them. This means choosing among distributors partly by how
much they give to free software development. Then you can show
distributors they must compete to be the one who gives the most.
To make this work, you must insist on numbers that you can compare, such
as, "We will give ten dollars to the Foobar project for each disk sold."
A vague commitment, such as "A portion of the profits is donated,"
doesn't give you a basis for comparison. Even a precise fraction "of the
profits from this disk" is not very meaningful, since creative accounting
and unrelated business decisions can greatly alter what fraction of the
sales price counts as profit.
Also, press developers for firm information about what kind of development
they do or support. Some kinds make much more long-term difference than
others. For example, maintaining a separate version of a GNU program
contributes very little; maintaining a program on behalf of the GNU Project
contributes much. Easy new ports contribute little, since someone else
would surely do them; difficult ports such as adding a new CPU to the GNU
compiler or to Mach contribute more; major new features and programs
contribute the most.
By establishing the idea that supporting further development is "the
proper thing to do" when distributing free software or its documentation
for a fee, we can assure a steady flow of resources for making more free
Help from Free Software Companies
When choosing a free software business, ask those you are considering
how much they do to assist free software development, e.g., by
contributing money to free software development or by writing free
software improvements themselves for general use. By basing your
decision partly on this factor, you can help encourage those who
profit from free software to contribute to its growth.
Wingnut (SRA's special GNU support group) supports the FSF
by purchasing Deluxe Distribution packages on a regular basis.
In this way they transfer 10% of their income to the FSF.
Listing them here is our way of thanking them.
Software Research Associates, Inc.
1-1-1 Hirakawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102, Japan
The Free Software Foundation has a European distribution agent, "GNU
Distribution Europe, Belgium," which accepts orders from Turkey and points
Northwest (that's `Europe').
For many orders, especially smaller ones, the European distributor will
provide faster delivery and/or lower cost. For all orders, GNU Europe
accepts payment by European check or cash. Consult:
GNU Distribution Europe, Belgium
GNU/Linux Helps Bring Titanic To Life
In an article originally published in Linux Journal (issue 46),
Daryll Strauss, a software engineer at Digital Domain, describes the
use of GNU/Linux in generating visual effects for the film Titanic.
Using 200 DEC Alpha-based systems running the Red Hat 4.1 distribution of
GNU/Linux, after upgrading the kernel to support the PC164 mainboard,
Digital Domain found a performance increase of three to four over SGI
systems. The combination of the GNU/Linux OS and Alpha CPUs also delivered
the most cost-effective solution to time and processing demands.
Daryll Strauss writes that feature film and television visual effects
development has provided a high performance, cost-sensitive, proving
ground for GNU/Linux. He concludes that the low entry cost, versatility
and interoperability of GNU/Linux is sufficiently attractive to warrant
more extensive investigation, experimentation, and deployment.
GNU in Space
The European Space Agency says the Free Software Foundation's
GNU C Compiler is essential to the on-board microprocessors it uses
ESA computer procurement depends on the availability of appropriate tools
to satisfy the specific needs of spacecraft software. The use of GCC (the
GNU C Compiler) and GNAT (the GNU New York University Ada Translator) is
being promoted by ESA as a way of obtaining low-cost compilation systems,
especially for the MIL-STD-1750 and SPARC V7 architectures.
GCC and GNAT, an Ada-95 front-end for GCC, have a number of advantages
that matter to the ESA:
they are both free software;
they have a large and active user community, which compensates
for the lack of conventional support and maintenance;
errors are widely reported and fixes or work-around
solutions are published by the same users;
they require a minimum of computer resources (RAM memory, hard
their quality (e.g., the quality of their front-ends) and the
quality of the generated code (size and performance) is good,
and compares well with proprietary compilers.
The ESA found these GNU programs so useful that they gave a contract to
Chris Nettleton Software, a free software company in Farnborough, UK
`http://www.ccfn.demon.co.uk', to make modifications on GCC and GNU
Ada. Nettleton developed GCC-1750 for the MIL-STD-1750 computer used in
spacecraft. The compilation systems will be accompanied by a set of
high-level tools and libraries to facilitate the development of software
applications for space.
- We've Moved, Electronically
In case you haven't noticed...the Free Software Foundation and GNU
Project have moved to the domain
gnu.org. Our Email address is now
email@example.com, and our web server is now `http://www.gnu.org'.
Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer guest accounts.
- New Book/CD of GNU Software for Microsoft Systems
At long last, we are publishing the book/CD combination, GNU Software for
MS-DOS and MS-Windows. The CD-ROM contains both source code and runnable
binaries; the book explains how to install the software, and briefly
describes what the various packages are useful for.
The book also explains why, to be truly free, you must move away from
proprietary operating systems from Microsoft or elsewhere, and use a free
operating system such as GNU/Linux.
- X11 Runs on the Hurd
The X Window System, specifically Xfree86, has been ported to the GNU Hurd.
ftp://ftp.nop.or.jp/pub/gnu-0.2/XFree86/3.3.2/, in particular
the files `X332-Hurd.tar.gz' and `3.3.2-hurd.*.gz'.
- New Schedule for GNU CD-ROMs
We plan to update GNU CD-ROMs more
frequently--quarterly, instead of once or twice per year. Subscribers to
the Source Code CD-ROM series will probably receive their next CD-ROM
before the next bulletin. The GNU Compiler Tools Binaries CD-ROM will be
updated when new systems or more current program versions are available.
Check our web site for the latest CD-ROM release information.
- New Source Code CD! (see section March 1998 Source Code CD-ROMs)
We are currently releasing the March 1998 (Edition 11) Source Code CD-ROMs.
Once again, it is a two disk set. These CD-ROMs contain important bug
fixes and improvements for many packages, and some new packages.
On the CD-ROMs are full distributions of X11R6.3, Emacs,
GCC, and current versions of all other GNU Software.
See section GNU Software, for more about these packages.
- New/Updated Manuals since Last Bulletin (see section GNU Documentation)
Since the last bulletin, we have published updated editions
of two of our manuals
GAWK: The GNU Awk User's Guide, revised for
Texinfo: The GNU Documentation Format, for Texinfo version
- Display Ghostscript Funded
A year ago, the Free Software Foundation and Net Community called for
donations to fund completion of Display Ghostscript--that is, the
extension of Ghostscript to support the Display Postscript features. We
have now raised the full amount.
Work has already started on Display Ghostscript and much progress has been
made. Ghostscript has been extended to accept input from a client socket and
draw into a client specified window. The DPS client library has been
combined with Ghostscript to form a single source code package. Currently
specific DPS operators and some extensions are being implemented; such as
multiple execution contexts, view clipping, alpha channel, compositing, and
type 2 images.
GTK is the GNU GUI toolkit, which serves as the basis for the GIMP and
GNOME. It can be used from C and other compiled programming languages, and
also from GUILE. A convenient C++ interface to GTK, called GTK++,
is being developed.
- The GIMP Also see `http://www.gimp.org/'
The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program--a replacement for Adobe
Photoshop. Although its developers still considered it to be in the
testing stage, many users already regard it as superior to the original.
- Netscape Browser May Become Free--Or May Not
In January, Netscape announced plans to release source code for its
browser--and perhaps to make it free software. This could be a great day
for the free software movement, or a great disappointment, depending on the
distribution terms that Netscape uses.
Just recently Netscape released a first draft of proposed distribution
terms, which are on the border of being free software, but have serious
problems. For example, you are not allowed to make a change unless you
publish it. Also, linking Netscape code together with code covered by the
GNU GPL is impossible; any way of doing this would violate one license or
The final decision is supposed to be made by the end of March. For the latest
news, see URL `http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/netscape.html'.
- A New FSF T-shirt! (Also see section FSF T-shirt)
We have a new T-shirt design. See section FSF T-shirt, for the description.
Alas, there is also a new price, $18, due to increased production costs.
Help the Translation Project
GNU is going international! The Translation Project gets
users, translators, & maintainers together,
so free software will gradually get to speak many native languages.
As of December 1997,
we have internationalized 27 packages
into 17 languages, using 175 translation files;
the translation teams have 474 subscribed members.
To complete this Translation Project, we need many people who
like their own language and write it well, and who are also able to
synergize with other translators speaking the same language as part of
If you want to start a new team, or want more information on existing teams
or other aspects of this project, write to
firstname.lastname@example.org. See section GNU Software,
for information about
gettext, the tool the Translation
Project uses to help translators and programmers.
GNU & Other Free Software in Japan
email@example.com) and Nobuyuki Hikichi
firstname.lastname@example.org) continue to volunteer for the GNU Project
in Japan. They translate each issue of this Bulletin into Japanese and
distribute it widely, along with the translation of Version 2 of the GNU
General Public License. This translation of the GPL is authorized by the
FSF and is available by anonymous FTP from
`/pub/gnu/local-fix/GPL2-j'. They also solicit donations and
offer GNU software consulting.
The Hurd JP project is now developing the Hurd in Japan. This project plans to
arrange documents and packages for the GNU system, in addition to porting
software to the Hurd. For more details, write to
email@example.com; English is ok.
The Japanese mailing list to discuss GPL'ed software and hardware is no
longer active. Ask
firstname.lastname@example.org if you
have any questions about it.
MULE (the MULtilingual Enhancement of GNU Emacs) can handle many
character sets at once. See section GNU Software for some details. It is
widely used in Japan and its features have been merged into the
principal version of Emacs beginning with release 20. MULE is also
available on the section March 1998 Source Code CD-ROMs, and by FTP from
sh.wide.ad.jp in `/JAPAN/mule' or
etlport.etl.go.jp in `/pub/mule'.
The Village Center prints a Japanese translation (ISBN
4-938704-02-1) of the GNU Emacs Lisp Reference Manual and puts
the Texinfo source on various bulletin boards. They also print each
issue of the Japanese GNU's Bulletin and publish Nobuyuki & Mieko's
Think GNU (ISBN 4-938704-10-2), perhaps the first non-FSF
copylefted publication in Japan. Their address is:
Village Center, Inc.
3-2 Kanda Jinbo-cho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 101, Japan
Web: `http://www.villagecenter.co.jp/gnu.html' for info
about GNU books handled by the Village Center
Addison-Wesley Publishers Japan Ltd. has printed Japanese translations
of the GNU Make Manual (ISBN 4-7952-9627-X),
the Gawk Manual (ISBN 4-7952-9672-8),
the Texinfo Manual (ISBN 4-7952-9684-7), and
the GNU Emacs Manual 19.34 (ISBN 4-7952-9684-7), & will
print the Japanese Bison Manual (ISBN 4-7952-9628-6) this January.
Their address is:
Addison-Wesley Publishers Japan Ltd.
1-13-19 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo 112-0014, Japan
Many groups in Japan now distribute GNU software, including
ASCII, a periodical and book publisher.
It is easy to place an order directly with the FSF from Japan. Order
email@example.com, where you can also get the FSF Order
Form written in Japanese. We encourage you to buy our software CDs:
for example, 150 CD-ROM orders at the
corporate rate allow the FSF to hire a programmer for one year to write
more free software.
The Research Institute for Advanced Information Technology
(AITEC) releases ICOT Free Software (IFS) and other IFS related
software to the public. IFS, which pertains to the fields of parallel
processing & knowledge processing, was developed at ICOT in the Fifth
Generation Computer Project & its Follow-on Project.
Besides IFS, AITEC recently released as free software many software
systems developed by numerous research groups through AITEC's research
funding program. Through their Web pages, AITEC releases 20 major IFS
programs, 80 other IFS programs, and 22 programs developed through
AITEC's FY 1996 research funding program. AITEC will soon release new
software systems developed in FY 1997.
By the end of November 1997, more than 10,000 people had accessed AITEC's
site (originally ICOT's) and more than 41,000 IFS files had been transferred
since their first release in 1992.
For more information, please see URL `http://www.icot.or.jp/'.
The ImageSearcher is an object-oriented program to search images
by specifying properties of the image itself, without relying on the
name or attributes of the file. It searches focusing on typical color,
average luminance, nine colors, image extent, center spectra, etc. It
runs on VisualWorks 2.5.1 (Smalltalk). As a result of the "eMMa
Project" sponsored by IPA and SRA (written by Atsushi Aoki),
the source code and documentation are distributed under the GPL as free
software, and are available via FTP from host
in the directory
Information about the current status of released GNU programs can be found
in section GNU Software. Here is some news of future plans.
- GNU Privacy Guard
The GNU Privacy Guard is a free program for private communication using
public key encryption. It will be released under the GNU GPL, and will
be patent-free all around the world. Most of the code is written, but
we can't predict yet when the release will be.
After the GNU Private Guard is released, we hope to follow it with a
free replacement for SSH, and then, if possible, free software for
secure financial transations on the World Wide Web.
E-scape is a graphical web browser currently in development.
We plan to support CSS1, PNG, tables, and frames.
XML support and client-side scripting will likely be added eventually.
E-scape is on hold right now. We don't know whether a free GNU web browser
is still needed because we don't know whether the Netscape browser will be
released on suitable terms. By April we will have
cancelled E-scape, or resumed work at full speed.
GNOME is the GNU GUI desktop project, started by Miguel de Icaza in
August 1997. It is based on the GTK GUI toolkit, and uses GUILE for
extensibility. GNOME replaces the Teak project, which had been placed
on hold while Jim Blandy finished the development of GUILE.
GNOME provides a set of application framework libraries to facilitate
making all applications consistent and hiding all of the configuration,
session management, help and common user interface details from the
programmer. We are using MICO, a GPL/LGPL implementation of CORBA, to
export the functionality of our bigger applications as servers: editing
interface, text editing, image editing, file management, document display,
GNOME development is being carried out by numerous volunteers together with
several programmers funded by Red Hat Software.
gss) is the GNU SQL Server, a multiuser
relational DBMS. An alpha release is currently available. For info on
updates, paths, and most recent releases as well as links to related
documentation, software, and mailing lists, see
- GNU Emacs (For current status, see section GNU and Recommended Software Now Available)
The next Emacs release, 20.3, will once again count buffer
positions and string indices in characters, not bytes,
even when you use multibyte characters.
Future versions of Emacs will have support for variable-width fonts
(already written) and inclusion of graphics in a document. Also, perhaps,
the ability to save the undo history in a file (which allows you to undo
older changes in the history). Our long term plan is to move it in the
direction of a WYSIWYG word processor and make it easier for beginners to
- GNUstep (Also see "Objective-C Library" in section GNU Software.)
OpenStep is an object-oriented application programming interface
specification being proposed as an open object standard. Since its
there has been much interest in a GNU
implementation, named GNUstep. Work has begun on GNUstep, starting with a
library written in Objective-C. Much remains to be done to bring this
library close to the OpenStep specifications. Volunteers should contact
Also see `http://www.gnustep.org/'.
- C Interpreter
We hope to add interpreter facilities to our compiler and debugger. This
task is partly finished. GCC generates byte code for all supported
languages, but that support is in flux at this time. A new effort to
finish this work has begun. To make this work usable, we need to enhance
GDB to load the byte code dynamically. We would also like support for
compiling just a few selected functions in a file. Due to limited
resources, the FSF cannot fund this. Interested volunteers should contact
- Fortran (For info on
f2c & GCC, see section GNU and Recommended Software Now Available)
The GNU Fortran (
g77) front end is stable, but more work is needed
to bring its overall packaging, feature set, and performance up to the
levels the Fortran community expects. Tasks to be done include: improving
documentation and diagnostics; speeding up compilation, especially for
large, densely initialized data tables; completing existing support for
INTEGER*8, and similar features; allowing
PARAMETER statements; and providing debug information
EQUIVALENCE variables. We don't know when
these things will be done, but hope some will be finished in the coming
months. You can speed progress by working on them or by offering funding.
A mailing list exists for announcements about
g77. To subscribe,
firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact the
g77 or get current status, write or finger
- Oleo (For current status, see section GNU and Recommended Software Now Available)
Oleo is the spreadsheet program for the GNU project. We've brushed
the dust off, and are working on giving Oleo a facelift. In Oleo's
next release, it will support GTK++, as well as link in with Plotutils
for graph creation. We are also "internationalizing" Oleo using GNU
Gettext, to handle messages in languages other than English. Macros
in Oleo will be handled in Guile to allow for the most flexible
language possible. Many reported bugs from the last release (Oleo 1.6)
have been fixed as well. Lastly, Oleo now has a complete set of
documentation included in the package in Texinfo format.
- The Dictionary Project
The FSF has a copy of the unabridged Century Dictionary, now in the
public domain, and we want to put it online. We tried OCR, but it wasn't
reliable enough. It looks like the only way to do this is to have people
type it in. The job will need many volunteers; that means it first needs a
manager with a can-do attitude and substantial time. If you want to
volunteer to be the manager, please write to
This project provides a way for people without programming skills or money
to contribute to the GNU Project.
GNU Software in the Year 2000
The Free Software Foundation does not provide warranties for its software.
We can't afford to. So we can't promise that GNU software has no Year 2000
bugs, any more than we could promise you the same thing about another sort
of bug. But we can tell you some reasons why such bugs are probably very
The main reason is theoretical. GNU systems, and Unix-like systems
generally, represent date and time as a 32-bit integer, counting seconds
from the beginning of 1970. This 32-bit count will overflow in 2038; but
there will be no problem in that year, because by then all systems will
time_t to be a 64-bit integer.
We also have some practical evidence that there are few problems. Some
users running a Linux-based GNU system, specifically Debian GNU/Linux (see
`http://www.debian.org'), used their machines for a while with the
clocks set forward to the year 2000. They reported no special problems.
Of course, that is not an exhaustive test, but it suggests that there are
not enough Year 2000 bugs in GNU software to cause major or lasting
If you would like to help us eliminate any Year 2000 bugs, we suggest that
for a few days you set the clock on one of your machines ahead a few years.
You could also set it to Dec 31, 1999, and see if anything unusual happens
as the clock advances to the next century while you are working.
If you do find a problem, please send a bug report about it--then the bug
will most likely get fixed in a new release, well before the year 2000
Whether you encounter a problem or not, we would appreciate hearing which
programs you tested in this way, and for how long a period of actual
working time. Please inform
email@example.com of the results you get.
You can check that you are using the latest release of any particular GNU
program by comparing version numbers with one of our FTP mirrors
(see section How to Get GNU Software).
Free Software Support
The Free Software Foundation does not provide technical support. Our
mission is developing software, because that is the most time-efficient way
to increase what free software can do. We leave it to others to earn a
living providing support. We see programmers as providing a service, much
as doctors and lawyers do now; both medical and legal knowledge are freely
redistributable, but their practitioners charge for service.
The GNU Service Directory is a list of people who offer support & other
consulting services. See `/pub/gnu/GNUinfo/SERVICE' at a GNU FTP
host (see section How to Get GNU Software),
`etc/SERVICE' in the Emacs distribution,
`SERVICE' in the GCC distribution,
or URL `http://www.gnu.org/prep/service.html' on the Web.
firstname.lastname@example.org to be listed (or to get a copy).
Service providers who share their income with the FSF are listed in
section Help from Free Software Companies.
If you find a deficiency in any GNU software or GNU documentation, we want
to know. We have many Internet mailing lists for bug reports,
announcements, and questions; they are also gatewayed into USENET news as
gnu.* newsgroups. For the Directory of GNU Mailing Lists
and Newsgroups, see `/pub/gnu/GNUinfo/MAILINGLISTS' on a GNU FTP host
(see section How to Get GNU Software),
URL `http://www.gnu.org/prep/mailinglists.html' on the Web,
or `etc/MAILINGLISTS' in the Emacs distribution;
or write to
When we receive a bug report, we usually try to fix the problem. While our
bug fixes may seem like individual assistance, they are not; they are part
of preparing a new improved version that helps all users.
We may send you a patch for a bug so
that you can help us test the fix and ensure its quality. If your bug
report does not evoke a solution from us, you may still get one from
another user on our bug report mailing lists. Otherwise, use the
Please do not ask us to help you install software or learn how to use
it--but do tell us how an installation script fails or where
documentation is unclear.
When choosing a service provider, ask those you are considering how
much they do to assist free software development, e.g., by contributing
money to free software development or by writing free software
improvements themselves for general use. By basing your decision partially
on this factor, you can encourage those who profit from free software
to contribute to its growth.
All our software is available by
FTP; see section How to Get GNU Software. We also offer
section CD-ROMs, and printed
section GNU Documentation,
which includes manuals and reference cards.
In those articles, describing the contents of each medium, the version number
listed after each program name was current when we published this Bulletin.
When you order a newer CD-ROM, some of the programs may be newer and so the
the version numbers higher.
See section Free Software Foundation Order Form,
for ordering information.
Some of the contents of our FTP distributions are compressed. We
have software on our FTP sites to uncompress these files. Due to
patent troubles with
compress, we use another compression program,
You may need to build GNU
make before you build our other software.
make utility at all and some native
VPATH feature essential for using the GNU configure system
to its full extent. The GNU
make sources have a shell script to
make itself on such systems.
We welcome all bug reports and enhancements sent to the appropriate
electronic mailing list (see section Free Software Support).
Configuring GNU Software
We are using Autoconf, a uniform scheme for configuring GNU software
packages in order to compile them (see "Autoconf" and "Automake" below,
in this article). The goal is to have all GNU software support the same
alternatives for naming machine and system types.
Ultimately, it will be possible to configure and build the entire system
all at once, eliminating the need to configure each individual package
You can also specify both the host and target system to build
Most GNU programs now use Autoconf-generated configure scripts.
GNU and Recommended Software Now Available
For future programs and features, see section Forthcoming GNUs.
Key to cross reference:
BinCD March 1998 Binaries CD-ROM
SrcCD March 1998 Source CD-ROMs
[FSFman] shows that we sell a manual for that package.
[FSFrc] shows we sell a reference card for that package.
To order them,
section Free Software Foundation Order Form.
See section GNU Documentation, for more information on the manuals. Source code
for each manual or reference card is included with each package.
The recently-freed program
is a dark, side-scrolling game
with Robotron-esque controls:
you control your movement with the keyboard
and fire & aim with the mouse.
You can get more info at `http://crack.com/games/abuse'.
acct is a system accounting package.
It includes the programs
ac (summarize login accounting),
accton (turn process accounting on or off),
last (show who has logged in recently),
lastcomm (show which commands have been used recently),
sa (summarize process accounting),
dump-utmp (print a
utmp file in human-readable format),
dump-acct (print an
pacct file in human-readable format).
acm is a LAN-oriented, multiplayer, aerial combat simulation that
runs under the X Window System. Players engage in air to air combat
against one another using heat seeking missiles and cannons.
We are working on a more accurate simulation of real airplane flight
- aegis (SrcCD)
Aegis is a transaction-based
software configuration management system.
It provides a framework within which
a team of developers may work on
many changes to a program concurrently,
and Aegis coordinates integrating these changes
back into the master source of the program,
with as little disruption as possible.
- Apache Also see `http://www.apache.org/' (SrcCD)
Apache is an HTTP server used on almost 50% of the Web sites on the
Internet. It has an extensive API for modular enhancements, many
features, and a large family of add-ons; it is highly flexible, runs on many
popular operating systems, and has an active development group and user
- Autoconf (SrcCD)
Autoconf produces shell scripts which automatically configure source code
packages. These scripts adapt the packages to many kinds of Unix-like
systems without manual user intervention. Autoconf creates a script for a
package from a template file which lists the operating system features
which the package can use, in the form of
m4 macro calls. Autoconf
m4 to operate, but the resulting configure scripts it
generates do not.
- Automake (SrcCD)
Automake is a tool for generating `Makefile.in' files
for use with Autoconf.
The generated makefiles are compliant with GNU Makefile standards.
- BASH (SrcCD)
GNU's shell, BASH (Bourne Again SHell), is compatible with the
sh and offers many extensions found in
ksh. BASH has job control,
csh-style command history,
command-line editing (with Emacs and
vi modes built-in), and the
ability to rebind keys via the
readline library. BASH conforms to the
POSIX 1003.2-1992 standard.
- bc (SrcCD)
bc is an interactive algebraic language with arbitrary precision
bc follows the POSIX 1003.2-1992
standard with several extensions, including multi-character variable names,
else statement, and full Boolean expressions.
The RPN calculator
dc is now distributed as part of the same
package, but GNU
bc is not implemented as a
- BFD (BinCD, SrcCD)
The Binary File Descriptor library allows a program which
operates on object files (e.g.,
ld or GDB) to support many
different formats in a clean way. BFD provides a portable interface, so
that only BFD needs to know the details of a particular format. One result
is that all programs using BFD will support formats such as a.out, COFF,
and ELF. BFD comes with Texinfo source for a manual (not yet
published on paper).
At present, BFD is not distributed separately; it is included with
packages that use it.
- Binutils (BinCD, SrcCD)
Binutils includes these programs:
Binutils version 2 uses the BFD library. The GNU assembler,
supports the a29k, Alpha, ARM, D10V, H8/300, H8/500,
HP-PA, i386, i960, M32R, m68k, m88k, MIPS, Matsushita 10200 and 10300,
NS32K, PowerPC, RS/6000, SH, SPARC, Tahoe, Vax, and Z8000 CPUs, and
attempts to be compatible
with many other assemblers for Unix and embedded systems. It can produce
mixed C and assembly listings, and includes a macro facility similar to
that in some other assemblers.
ld, supports shared libraries on many systems,
numbered error messages for multiply-defined symbols and undefined
references, and interprets a superset of AT&T's Linker Command Language,
which gives control over where segments are placed in memory.
objdump can disassemble code for most of the CPUs listed above, and
can display other data (e.g., symbols and relocations) from any file format
read by BFD.
- Bison (BinCD, SrcCD) [FSFman, FSFrc]
Bison is an upwardly compatible replacement for the parser generator
yacc. Texinfo source for the Bison Manual
and reference card are included.
- C Library (
glibc) (BinCD, SrcCD) [FSFman]
The GNU C library supports ISO C-1989, ISO C/amendment 1-1995, POSIX
1003.1-1990, POSIX 1003.1b-1993, POSIX 1003.1c-1995 (when the underlying
system permits), & most of the functions in POSIX 1003.2-1992.
It is nearly compliant with the extended XPG4.2 specification which
guarantees upward compatibility with 4.4BSD & many System V functions.
When used with the GNU Hurd, the C Library performs many functions of the
Unix system calls directly. Mike Haertel has written a fast
which wastes less memory than the old GNU version.
stdio lets you define new kinds of streams, just by writing a
few C functions. Two methods for handling translated messages help
writing internationalized programs & the user can adopt the
environment the program runs in to conform with local
getopt functions are already used to
parse options, including long options, in many GNU utilities. The
name lookup functions now are modularized which makes it easier to
select the service which is needed for the specific database & the
document interface makes it easy to add new services. Texinfo source
for the GNU C Library Reference Manual is included
(see section GNU Documentation).
Previous versions of the GNU C library ran on a large number of
systems. The architecture-dependent parts of the C library have not been
updated since development on version 2.0 started, so today it
runs out of the box only on GNU/Hurd (all platforms GNU/Hurd
also runs on) & GNU/Linux (ix86, Alpha, m68k, MIPS, Sparc, PowerPC;
work is in progress for ARM).
Other architectures will become available again
as soon as somebody does the port.
- Calc (SrcCD) [FSFman, FSFrc]
Calc (written by Dave Gillespie in Emacs Lisp) is an extensible, advanced
desk calculator & mathematical tool that runs as part of GNU Emacs. You
can use Calc as a simple four-function calculator, but it has many
more features including: choice of algebraic or RPN (stack-based) entry;
logarithmic, trigonometric, & financial functions; arbitrary precision;
complex numbers; vectors; matrices; dates; times; infinities; sets;
algebraic simplification; & differentiation & integration.
It outputs to
comes with source for a manual & reference card
(see section GNU Documentation).
cfengine is used to maintain site-wide configuration of a
heterogeneous Unix network using a simple high level language. Its
appearance is similar to
rdist, but allows many more operations
to be performed automatically.
See Mark Burgess, "A Site Configuration Engine", Computing
Systems, Vol. 8, No. 3 (ask
email@example.com how to
get a copy).
- Chess (SrcCD)
GNU Chess enables you to play a game of chess with a computer instead
of a person.
It is useful to practice with when there are significant
spare cpu cycles and a real person is unavailable.
The program offers a plain terminal interface, one using curses,
and a reasonable X Windows interface
xboard. Best results
are obtained by compiling with GCC.
Improvements this past year are in the Windows-compatible version,
Stuart Cracraft started the GNU mascot back in the mid-1980's.
John Stanback (and innumerable contributors) are responsible for
GNU's brain development and its fair play.
Acknowledgements for the past year's work are due Conor McCarthy.
Send bugs to
general comments to
Visit the author's Web site at
Play GNU Chess on the Web at
- CLISP (SrcCD)
CLISP is a Common Lisp implementation by Bruno Haible & Michael Stoll. It
mostly supports the Lisp described by Common LISP: The Language (2nd
edition) & the ANSI Common Lisp standard. CLISP includes an interpreter,
a byte-compiler, a large subset of CLOS & a foreign language interface.
The user interface language (English, German, French, Spanish) can be
chosen at run time. An X11 API is available through CLX & Garnet. CLISP
needs only 2 MB of memory & runs on all kinds of systems (Unix, MS-DOS,
OS/2, Windows NT, Windows 95, Amiga 500--4000, Acorn RISC PC). See also
item "Common Lisp", which describes GCL, a complete Common Lisp
implementation with compiler.
- CLX (SrcCD)
CLX is an X Window interface library for GCL.
This is separate from the built-in TK interface.
- Common Lisp (
GNU Common Lisp (GCL, formerly known as Kyoto Common Lisp) is a compiler
& interpreter for Common Lisp.
GCL is very portable & extremely
efficient on a wide class of applications, & compares favorably in
performance with commercial Lisps on several large theorem--prover &
symbolic algebra systems. GCL supports the CLtL1 specification but is
moving towards the proposed ANSI standard.
GCL compiles to C & then uses the native optimizing C compiler (e.g.,
GCC). A function with a fixed number of args & one value turns into a C
function of the same number of args, returning one value--so GCL is
maximally efficient on such calls. Its conservative garbage collector
gives great freedom to the C compiler to put Lisp values in
registers. It has a source level Lisp debugger for interpreted
code & displays source code in an Emacs window. Its profiler
(based on the C profiling tools) counts function calls & the time spent in
There is now a built-in interface to the Tk widget system. It runs
in a separate process, so users may monitor progress on Lisp
computations or interact with running computations via a windowing
There is also an Xlib interface via C (xgcl-2). CLX runs with GCL, as
does PCL (see
"PCL" later in this article).
GCL version 2.2.2 is released under the GNU Library General Public
- cook (SrcCD)
Cook is a tool for constructing files,
and maintaining referential integrity between files.
It is given a set of files to create,
and recipes of how to create and maintain them.
In any non-trivial program there will be prerequisites
to performing the actions necessary to creating any file,
such as include files.
cook program provides a mechanism to define these.
Some features which distinguish Cook include
a strong procedural description language,
and fingerprints to supplement file modification time stamps.
There is also a
make2cook utility included to ease transition.
cpio is an archive program with all the features of SVR4
cpio, including support for the final POSIX 1003.1 ustar
mt, a program to position magnetic tapes, is included with
- CVS (SrcCD)
CVS is a version control system (like RCS or SCCS) which allows you to
keep old versions of files (usually source code), keep a log of who,
when, and why changes occurred, etc. It handles multiple developers,
multiple directories, triggers to enable/log/control various operations,
and can work over a wide area network. It does not handle build
management or bug-tracking; these are handled by
make and GNATS,
cxref is a program that will
produce documentation (in LaTeX or HTML)
from C program source code.
It has been designed to work with ANSI C, incorporating K&R,
and most popular GNU extensions.
The documentation for the subject program
is produced from comments in the code
that are appropriately formatted.
The cross referencing comes from the code itself
and requires no extra work.
- DDD (SrcCD)
The Data Display Debugger (DDD) is a common graphical user interface
to GDB, DBX, and XDB, the popular Unix debuggers.
DDD provides a graphical data display
where complex data structures
can be explored incrementally and interactively.
DDD has been designed to compete with
well-known commercial debuggers;
as of release 2.1.1, DDD also compiles and runs with
LessTif, a free Motif clone,
without loss of functionality.
For more details, see the DDD Web page at
- DejaGnu (SrcCD)
DejaGnu is a framework to test programs with a single front end for all
tests. DejaGnu's flexibility & consistency makes it easy to write
DejaGnu will also work with remote hosts and embedded systems.
DejaGnu comes with
expect, which runs scripts to conduct dialogs
- Diffutils (SrcCD)
diff compares files showing line-by-line changes in several
flexible formats. It is much faster than traditional Unix versions. The
Diffutils package has
Future plans include support
for internationalization (e.g., error messages in Chinese) & some
non-Unix PC environments, & a library interface that can be used by
other free software.
- DJGPP Also see "GCC" below (BinCD)
DJ Delorie has ported GCC/G++ to i386s running DOS. DJGPP has a 32-bit
i386 DOS extender with a symbolic debugger, development libraries, & ports
flex, & Binutils. Full source code is provided.
It needs at least 5MB of hard disk space to install & 512K
of RAM to use.
It supports SVGA (up to 1024x768),
XMS & VDISK memory allocation,
VCPI (e.g., QEMM, DESQview, & 386MAX), &
DPMI (e.g., Windows 3.x, OS/2, QEMM, & QDPMI).
Version 2 was released in Feb. 1996, & needs a DPMI
environment; a free DPMI server is included.
Web at `http://www.delorie.com/djgpp/' or
`/pub/simtelnet/gnu/djgpp/' (or a SimTel mirror site).
to join a DJGPP users mailing list.
dld is a dynamic linker written by W. Wilson Ho. Linking your
program with the
dld library allows you to dynamically load object
files into the running binary.
dld supports a.out object types on
the following platforms: Convex C-Series (BSD), i386/i486/Pentium (GNU/Linux),
Sequent Symmetry i386 (Dynix 3), Sun-3 (SunOS 3 & 4), Sun-4 (SunOS 4), &
This program is a utility to help software developers ensure
that their source file names are distinguishable on System V platforms with
14-character filenames and on MS-DOS systems with 8+3 character filenames.
ed is the standard text editor.
It is line-oriented and can be used interactively or in scripts.
- Elib (SrcCD)
Elib is a small library of Emacs Lisp functions, including routines for
using AVL trees and doubly-linked lists.
- Elisp archive (SrcCD)
This is a snapshot of Ohio State's GNU Emacs Lisp FTP Archive. FTP it from
- Emacs [FSFman(s), FSFrc]
In 1975, Richard Stallman developed the first Emacs, an extensible,
customizable real-time display editor & computing environment. GNU Emacs
is his second implementation. It offers true Lisp--smoothly integrated
into the editor--for writing extensions & provides an interface to the
X Window System. It runs on Unix, MS-DOS, & Windows NT or 95. In addition to
its powerful native command set, Emacs can emulate the
editors vi & EDT (DEC's VMS editor). Emacs has many other features which
make it a full computing support environment. Source for
the GNU Emacs Manual
a reference card
comes with the software.
Sources for the GNU Emacs Lisp Reference Manual
Programming in Emacs Lisp: An Introduction
are distributed in separate packages. See section GNU Documentation.
- Emacs 20 (SrcCD) [FSFman(s), FSFrc]
The new features in Emacs 20 include support for many languages and many
character codes (the MULE facility) and a new convenient customization
feature. The text-filling commands handle indented and bulleted paragraphs
conveniently; there are new help facilities for looking up documentation
about functions and symbols in various languages. A new method of
file-locking works even when using NFS. Some dired commands have been made
We believe Emacs 20 operates on the same systems as Emacs 19,
but we do not have confirmation for all of them.
- Emacs 19 (SrcCD) [FSFman(s), FSFrc]
Emacs 19 works with character-only terminals & with the X Window System
(with or without an X toolkit).
It also runs on MS-DOS, MS Windows,
and with multiple-window support on MS Windows 95/NT.
Emacs 19 works on:
Acorn RISC (RISCiX);
Alliant FX/2800 (BSD);
Alpha (OSF/1 or GNU/Linux);
Bull DPX/2 2nn & 3nn (SysV.3) & sps7 (SysV.2);
Cubix QBx (SysV);
Data General Aviion (DGUX);
DEC MIPS (Ultrix 4.2, OSF/1, not VMS);
Elxsi 6400 (SysV);
Gould Power Node & NP1 (4.2 & 4.3BSD);
Harris Night Hawk 1200, 3000, 4000 & 5000 (cxux);
Harris Night Hawk Power PC (powerunix);
Honeywell XPS100 (SysV);
HP 9000 series 200, 300, 700, 800 (but not 500) (4.3BSD; HP-UX 7, 8,
Intel i386/i486/Pentium (GNU/Hurd, GNU/Linux, 386BSD, AIX, BSDI/386, FreeBSD,
Esix, ISC, MS-DOS,
NetBSD, SCO3.2v4, Solaris, SysV, Xenix, WindowsNT, Windows95);
IBM RS/6000 (AIX 3.2) & RT/PC (AIX, BSD);
Motorola Delta 147 & 187 (SysV.3, SysV.4, m88kbcs);
National Semiconductor 32K (Genix);
NeXT (BSD, Mach 2 w/ NeXTStep 3.0);
Prime EXL (SysV);
Sequent Symmetry (BSD, ptx);
Siemens RM400 & RM600 (SysV);
SGI Iris 4D (Irix 4.x & 5.x);
Sony News/RISC (NewsOS);
Stardent i860 (SysV);
Sun 3 & 4, SPARC 1, 1+, 2, 10, Classic (SunOS 4.0, 4.1, Solaris 2.0--2.3);
Tadpole 68k (SysV);
Tektronix XD88 (SysV.3) & 4300 (BSD); &
Titan P2 & P3 (SysV).
- Emacs 18 (SrcCD) [FSFrc]
Emacs 18 is several years old. We no longer maintain it, but still
distribute it for those using platforms which Emacs 19 does not support.
enscript is an upwardly-compatible replacement for the Adobe
enscript program. It formats ASCII files (outputting in Postscript)
and stores generated output to a file or sends it directly to the printer.
es is an extensible shell (based on
rc) with first-class
functions, lexical scope, exceptions, and rich return values (i.e.,
functions can return values other than just numbers).
extensibility comes from the ability to modify and extend the shell's
built-in services, such as path searching and redirection. Like
it is great for both interactive use and scripting, particularly since
its quoting rules are much less baroque than the C and Bourne shells.
- Exim (SrcCD)
Exim is an Internet mail transfer agent, similar in style to Smail 3.
It can handle relatively high volume mail systems, header rewriting,
control over which hosts/nets may use it as a relay, blocking of
unwanted mail from specified hosts/nets/senders, and multiple local
domains on one mail host ("virtual domains") with several options for
the way these are handled.
f2c Also see "Fortran" below & in section Forthcoming GNUs. (SrcCD)
f2c converts Fortran-77 source into C or C++, which can be
compiled with GCC or G++. Get bug fixes by FTP from site
netlib.bell-labs.com or by email from
For a summary, see the file `/netlib/f2c/readme.gz'.
ffcall is a C library for implementing foreign function calls in
embedded interpreters by Bill Triggs and Bruno Haible. It allows C
functions with arbitrary argument lists and return types to be called
or emulated (callbacks).
- Fileutils (SrcCD)
The Fileutils are:
- Findutils (SrcCD)
find is frequently used both interactively and in shell scripts to
find files which match certain criteria and perform arbitrary operations on
them. Also included are
locate, which scans a database for file
names that match a pattern, and
xargs, which applies a command to a
list of files.
- Finger (SrcCD)
GNU Finger has more features than other finger programs. For sites with
many hosts, a single host may be designated as the finger server
host and other hosts at that site configured as finger clients. The
server host collects information about who is logged in on the clients. To
finger a user at a GNU Finger site, a query to any of its client hosts gets
useful information. GNU Finger supports many customization features,
including user output filters and site-programmable output for special
flex (BinCD, SrcCD) [FSFman, FSFrc]
flex is a replacement for the
lex scanner generator.
flex was written by Vern Paxson of the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory and generates far more efficient scanners than
Sources for the Flex Manual and reference card are included
(see section GNU Documentation).
- Fontutils (SrcCD)
convert between font formats,
create fonts for use with Ghostscript or TeX (starting with a scanned
type image & converting the bitmaps to outlines), etc. It includes:
- Fortran (
g77) Also see section Forthcoming GNUs (BinCD, SrcCD)
GNU Fortran (
g77), developed by Craig Burley, is available for
public beta testing on the Internet. For now,
g77 produces code
that is mostly object-compatible with
f2c & uses the same
run-time library (
gawk (SrcCD) [FSFman]
gawk is upwardly compatible with the latest POSIX specification of
awk. It also provides several useful extensions not found in other
awk implementations. Texinfo source for the The GNU Awk
User's Guide comes with the software (see section GNU Documentation).
gcal is a program for printing calendars. It displays different
styled calendar sheets, eternal holiday lists, and fixed date warning
- GCC (BinCD, SrcCD) [FSFman]
Version 2 of the GNU C Compiler supports the languages C, C++, and
Objective-C; the source
file name suffix or a compiler option selects the language.
(Also see "GNAT" later in this article for Ada language supports.)
Objective-C support was donated by NeXT. The runtime support needed to
run Objective-C programs is now distributed with GCC.
(This does not include
any Objective-C classes aside from
object, but see "GNUstep" in
section Forthcoming GNUs.)
G++ seeks to be compliant with the ANSI C++ language standard.
GCC is a fairly portable optimizing compiler which performs many
allocation, common sub-expression elimination (CSE) (including a certain
amount of CSE between basic blocks -- though not all the supported machine
descriptions provide for scheduling or delay slots), invariant code motion
from loops, induction variable optimizations, constant propagation, copy
propagation, delayed popping of function call arguments, tail recursion
elimination, integration of inline functions & frame pointer elimination,
instruction scheduling, loop unrolling, filling of delay slots, leaf function
optimization, optimized multiplication by constants, the ability to assign
attributes to instructions, & many local optimizations automatically deduced
from the machine description.
GCC can open-code most arithmetic on 64-bit values (type
int). It supports extended floating point (type
long double) on
the 68k; other machines will follow. GCC supports full ANSI C, traditional
C, & GNU C extensions (including: nested functions support, nonlocal gotos,
& taking the address of a label).
GCC can generate a.out, COFF, ELF, & OSF-Rose files when used with a
suitable assembler. It can produce debugging information in these
formats: BSD stabs, COFF, ECOFF, ECOFF with stabs, & DWARF.
GCC generates code for many CPUs, including the
Position-independent code is generated for the
HP--PA (1.0 & 1.1),
Operating systems supported include:
Using the configuration scheme for GCC, building a cross-compiler is as
easy as building a native compiler.
Texinfo source for the Using and Porting GNU CC manual
is included with GCC (see section GNU Documentation).
- GDB (BinCD, SrcCD) [FSFman, FSFrc]
GDB, the GNU DeBugger, is a source-level debugger for C,
C++, & Fortran. It provides partial support for Modula-2 & Chill.
GDB can debug both C & C++, & will work with executables
made by many different compilers; but, C++ debugging will have
some limitations if you do not use GCC.
GDB has a command line user interface, and Emacs has GDB mode as an
interface. An X interface for GDB, called DDD, is described above.
Executable files and symbol tables are read via the BFD library, which
allows a single copy of GDB to debug programs with multiple object file
formats (e.g., a.out, COFF, ELF). Other features include a rich command
language, remote debugging over serial lines or TCP/IP, and watchpoints
(breakpoints triggered when the value of an expression changes).
GDB uses a standard remote interface to a simulator library which
includes simulators for the
GDB can perform cross-debugging. To say that GDB targets a platform
means it can perform native or cross-debugging for it. To say that GDB can
host a given platform means that it can be built on it, but cannot
necessarily debug native programs.
Sources for the manual, Debugging with GDB, and a reference card
are included (see section GNU Documentation).
- target & host:
Amiga 3000 (AmigaOS, Amix, NetBSD),
DEC Alpha (OSF/1),
DECstation 3100 & 5000 (Ultrix),
HP 9000/300 (BSD, HP-UX),
HP 9000/700 (HP-UX 9, 10),
i386/i486/Pentium (GNU/Hurd, GNU/Linux, BSD, FreeBSD, LynxOS, NetBSD, SCO, Windows NT),
IBM RS/6000 (AIX 3.x, AIX 4.x, LynxOS),
Motorola Delta m88k (System V, CX/UX),
Motorola m68k MVME-167 (LynxOS),
NCR 3000 (SVR4),
PowerPC (AIX 4.x, MacOS, Windows NT),
SGI (Irix V3, V4, V5),
SONY News (NewsOS 3.x),
SPARC (LynxOS, NetBSD, Solaris 2.x, & SunOS 4.1),
Sun-3 (SunOS 4.1).
- target, but not host:
Hitachi SH (CMON, SH3, E7000),
HP PA Pro (Winbond, Oki),
i960 (MON960, Nindy, VxWorks),
m68k/m68332 (CPU32BUG, EST, ROM68K, VxWorks),
MIPS (IDT, PMON, VxWorks),
- host, but not target:
HP/Apollo 68k (BSD),
IBM RT/PC (AIX),
m68k Apple Macintosh (MacOS).
gdbm is the GNU replacement for the traditional
ndbm libraries. It implements a database using quick lookup by
gdbm does not ordinarily make sparse files (unlike its
Unix and BSD counterparts).
- Generic NQS (SrcCD)
Generic NQS is a network queuing system for spreading batch jobs across a
network of machines. It is designed to be simple to install on a
heterogeneous network of machines, and has optimizations for running on the
high end, symmetric multiprocessing servers that are currently on the
is available for many more Unix variants than any other comparable product, and
inter-operates with other NQS systems, including Cray's NQE.
geomview See `http://www.geom.umn.edu/software/geomview' (SrcCD)
geomview is an interactive geometry viewing program, which requires
Motif or LessTif and uses X, GL, or OpenGL graphics. It allows multiple
independently controllable objects and cameras.
External programs may drive desired aspects of the viewer,
e.g. loading changing geometry or controlling motion,
while allowing interactive mouse-and-GUI control of everything else.
Controllable features include
motion, appearance (wireframe, shading, lighting and material properties),
snapshoting (PPM or SGI image, Postscript, and RenderMan formats),
display in hyperbolic and spherical spaces,
and projection from higher dimensions.
Includes converters to display Mathematica and Maple 3-D graphics,
and limited conversion to/from VRML.
gettext Also see section Help the Translation Project (SrcCD)
gettext tool set has everything maintainers need to
internationalize a package's user messages.
Once a package has been internationalized,
gettext's many tools help
translators localize messages to their native language and automate
handling the translation files.
gforth is a fast, portable implementation of the ANS Forth
- Ghostscript (SrcCD)
Ghostscript is an interpreter for the Postscript and PDF graphics languages.
The current version of GNU Ghostscript, 3.33, includes
a Postscript Level 2 interpreter and a PDF 1.1
interpreter (except for encryption).
Significant new features include the ability to
convert PDF to Postscript.
Ghostscript executes commands in the Postscript and PDF languages by writing
directly to a printer, drawing on an X window, or writing to files for
printing later or manipulating with other graphics programs.
Ghostscript includes a C-callable graphics library (for client programs
that do not want to deal with the Postscript language).
It also runs on MS-DOS, MS Windows, OS/2, OpenVMS, and
Mac OS (native on both 68K and PowerPC)
but please do not ask the FSF staff any questions about this;
we do not use these operating systems.
- Ghostview (SrcCD)
firstname.lastname@example.org, created Ghostview, a
previewer for multi-page files with an X Window interface. Ghostview &
Ghostscript work together; Ghostview creates a viewing window & Ghostscript
draws in it.
- The GIMP Also see `http://www.gimp.org/'
The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program--a replacement for Adobe
Photoshop. Although it is still considered to be in the testing stage,
many users already regard it as superior to the original.
- GIT (SrcCD)
The GNU Interactive Tools package includes: an extensible file
system browser, an ASCII/hex file viewer, a process viewer/killer, & other
related utilities & shell scripts. It can be used to increase the speed &
efficiency of many daily tasks, such as copying & moving files &
directories, invoking editors, compressing/uncompressing files, creating &
expanding archives, compiling programs, sending mail, etc. It looks nice,
has colors (if the standard ANSI color sequences are supported), & is
- gmp (SrcCD)
GNU mp is a library for arithmetic on arbitrary precision integers,
rational numbers, and floating-point numbers. It has a rich set of
functions with a regular interface.
A major new release, version 2, came out in Spring '96. Compared to previous
versions, it is much faster, contains lots of new functions, & has
support for arbitrary precision floating-point numbers.
- GN (SrcCD)
GN is a gopher/HTTP server.
- Gnans (SrcCD)
Gnans is a program (and language) for the numerical study of
deterministic and stochastic dynamical systems. The dynamical systems
may evolve in continuous or discrete time. Gnans has graphical &
command line interfaces.
- GNAT: The GNU Ada Translator (SrcCD)
GNAT, a front end for the entire Ada 95 language, including all special needs
annexes, is available via anonymous FTP from
and various mirror sites in `/pub/gnat'. SGI, DEC, and
Siemens Nixdorf have chosen GNU Ada 95 as the Ada compiler for
some of their systems.
GNAT is maintained by Ada Core Technologies. For more
information, see `http://www.gnat.com'.
- GNATS (SrcCD)
GNATS, GNats: A Tracking System, is a bug-tracking system.
It is based upon
the paradigm of a central site or organization which receives problem
reports and negotiates their resolution by electronic mail. Although it has
been used primarily as a software bug-tracking system so far, it is
sufficiently generalized that it could be used for handling system
administration issues, project management, or any number of other
- GnuGo (SrcCD)
GnuGo plays the game of Go. It is not yet very sophisticated.
- GNUMATH (
GNUMATH is a library (
gnussl) that simplifies scientific
programming in C & C++. Its focus is on problems that can be solved by a
straight-forward application of numerical linear algebra. It also handles
plotting. It is in beta release; it is expected to grow more
versatile & offer a wider scope in time.
gnuplot is an interactive program for plotting mathematical
expressions and data. It plots both curves (2 dimensions) & surfaces (3
dimensions). It was neither written nor named for the GNU
Project; the name is a coincidence. Various GNU programs use
gnuserv is an enhanced version of Emacs'
program. It lets the user direct a running Emacs to edit files or
evaluate arbitrary Emacs Lisp constructs from another process.
The GNU Pascal Compiler (GPC) is part of
the GNU compiler family, GNU CC or GCC.
It combines a Pascal front end
with the proven GNU compiler backend
for code generation and optimization.
Unlike utilities such as p2c,
this is a true compiler, not just a converter.
Version 2.0 of GPC corresponds to GCC version 18.104.22.168.
The purpose of the GNU Pascal project is
to produce a compiler which:
The current release (2.0) implements Standard Pascal (ISO 7185, level 0)
and a large subset of Extended Pascal (ISO 10206) and Borland Pascal. The
upcoming release 2.1 features better conformance to the various Pascal
standards, and of course bug fixes.
GNU Pascal sources are on `ftp://kampi.hut.fi/jtv/gnu-pascal/'
combines the clarity of Pascal with powerful tools suitable for
supports both the Pascal standard and the Extended Pascal standard
as defined by ISO, ANSI and IEEE. (ISO 7185:1990, ISO/IEC
10206:1991, ANSI/IEEE 770X3.160-1989)
supports other Pascal standards (UCSD Pascal, Borland Pascal,
Pascal-SC) in so far as this serves the goal of clarity and
can generate code for and run on any computer for which the GNU C
Compiler can generate code and run on.
- grep (SrcCD)
This package has GNU
fgrep, which find
lines that match entered patterns. They are much faster than the
traditional Unix versions.
- Groff (SrcCD)
Groff is a document formatting system based on a device-independent version
& drivers for Postscript, TeX
dvi format, the LaserJet 4 series
of printers, and typewriter-like devices. Groff's
mm macro package
is almost compatible with the DWB
mm macros with several extensions.
Also included is a modified version of the Berkeley
me macros and an
enhanced version of the X11
xditview previewer. Written in C++,
these programs can be compiled with GNU C++ Version 2.7.2 or later.
Groff users are encouraged to contribute enhancements. Most needed
are complete Texinfo documentation, a
grap emulation (a
preprocessor for typesetting graphs), a page-makeup postprocessor similar
pm (see Computing Systems, Vol. 2, No. 2; ask
email@example.com how to get a copy), and an ASCII
output class for
pic to integrate
Texinfo. Questions and bug reports from users who have read the
documentation provided with Groff can be sent to
guavac is a free compiler for the Java language.
GTK is the GNU GUI toolkit; it can be used from C and other compiled
programming languages, and also from GUILE.
- GUILE Also see section GNUs Flashes (SrcCD)
GNU's Ubiquitous Intelligent Language for Extension,
an interpreter for the Scheme programming language,
packaged as a library
that you can link into your programs
to make them extensible.
gzip (BinCD, SrcCD)
gzip can expand LZW-compressed files but uses another, unpatented
algorithm for compression which generally produces better results. It also
expands files compressed with System V's
hello program produces a familiar, friendly greeting. It
allows non-programmers to use a classic computer science tool which would
otherwise be unavailable to them. Because it is protected by the GNU
General Public License, users are free to share and change it.
hello is also a good example of a program that meets the GNU coding
standards. Like any truly useful program,
hello contains a built-in
hp2xx reads HP-GL files, decomposes all drawing commands into
elementary vectors, and converts them into a variety of vector and raster
output formats. It is also an HP-GL previewer. Currently supported vector
formats include encapsulated Postscript, Uniplex RGIP, Metafont, various
special TeX-related formats, and simplified HP-GL (line drawing only)
for imports. Raster formats supported include IMG, PBM, PCX, & HP-PCL
(including Deskjet & DJ5xxC support). Previewers work under X11 (Unix),
OS/2 (PM & full screen), & MS-DOS (SVGA, VGA, & HGC).
- HylaFAX Also see `http://www.vix.com/hylafax/' (SrcCD)
HylaFAX (once named FlexFAX) is a facsimile system for Unix systems. It
supports sending, receiving, & polled retrieval of facsimile, as well as
transparent shared data use of the modem.
- Hyperbole (SrcCD)
Hyperbole, written by Bob Weiner in Emacs Lisp,
is an open, efficient, programmable information management,
autonumbered outliner, &
hypertext system, intended for everyday work on any platform
Emacs runs on.
- ID Utils (SrcCD)
ID Utils is a package of simple, fast, high-capacity,
language-independent tools that index program identifiers, literal
numbers, or words of human-readable text. Queries can be issued from
the command-line, or from within Emacs, serving as an augmented tags
- ILISP (SrcCD)
ILISP is a powerful GNU Emacs interface to many dialects of Lisp, including
GCL, KCL, AKCL, ECL, IBCL, Lucid, Allegro, Harlequin and CMUCL. Some
Scheme implementations are supported also.
indent formats C source code into the GNU, BSD, K&R, or
your own special indentation style.
indent is more robust & provides more functionality than other
such programs, including handling C++ comments.
It runs on Unix, Windows, VMS, ATARI and other systems.
The next version which formats C++ source code will soon be released.
- Inetutils (SrcCD)
Inetutils has common networking utilities & servers.
Version 1.3a is more portable than previous releases:
Inetutils now works on GNU/Linux and SunOS/Solaris systems,
although it still requires a system
with some degree of BSD compatibility.
This release also has many security holes plugged.
- Ispell (SrcCD)
Ispell is an interactive spell checker that suggests "near misses" to
replace unrecognized words. System & user-maintained
dictionaries for multiple languages can be used. Standalone & Emacs
interfaces are available.
- JACAL Not available from the FSF except by FTP
JACAL is a symbolic mathematics system for the manipulation &
simplification of algebraic expressions & equations.
The FSF is not distributing JACAL on any physical media. You can FTP it,
or visit the Web site
- jargon (SrcCD)
The jargon file is the online version of The New Hacker's Dictionary.
- Karma (SrcCD)
Karma is a signal and image processing library and visualization toolkit
that provides interprocess
communications, authentication, graphics display, and user interface to and
manipulation of the Karma network data structure. Several foreign data
formats are also supported. Karma comes packaged with a number of
generic visualization tools and some astronomy-specific tools.
less is a display paginator similar to
with various features (such as the ability to scroll backwards) that most
- LessTif (SrcCD)
LessTif is a free clone of Motif.
libg++ (Old C++ Library) (BinCD, SrcCD)
The package was once main GNU C++ support library. More recently, it
libstc++ library which provided the support for the
forthcoming C++ standard, but
libstc++ is now a separate package
libg++ now contains only the old routines, supported for backwards
compatibility; new programs should avoid using it.
libstdc++ (BinCD, SrcCD)
This library implements the library facilities defined by the forthcoming
ISO C++ standard; it was formerly part of
libg++. This includes
strings, iostream, and various container classes. All of this is
The package also contains the older libg++ library
for backward compatibility,
but new programs should avoid using it.
- Libtool (SrcCD)
GNU libtool is a generic library support script
which manages the complexity of
building and linking against shared libraries.
Libtool allows source code package maintainers
to easily add shared library support
without breaking static-only platform compatibility.
Libtool supports building static libraries on all known platforms.
Shared library support has been implemented for
- Lout (SrcCD)
Lout is a text formatter, approximately as powerful as TeX
but with a cleaner programming language.
- Lynx Also see `http://lynx.browser.org' (SrcCD)
Lynx is a World Wide Web browser for those running
"cursor-addressable" (text-only) terminals or terminal emulators. Lynx
has been ported to text-based PC platforms such as DOS.
m4 is an implementation of the traditional Unix macro processor.
It is mostly SVR4 compatible, although it has some extensions (e.g.,
handling more than 9 positional parameters to macros).
m4 also has
built-in functions for including files, running shell commands, doing
make (BinCD, SrcCD) [FSFman]
make supports POSIX 1003.2 and has all but a few obscure
features of the BSD and System V versions of
make, and runs on
MS-DOS, AmigaDOS, VMS, & Windows NT or 95, as well as all
Unix-compatible systems. GNU extensions include long options, parallel
compilation, flexible implicit pattern rules, conditional execution, &
powerful text manipulation functions. Source for the Make
Manual comes with the program (see section GNU Documentation).
- MandelSpawn (SrcCD)
A parallel Mandelbrot generation program for the X Window System.
- Maxima (SrcCD)
Maxima is a Common Lisp implementation of MIT's Macsyma system for
computer based algebra.
- MCSim (SrcCD)
MCSim v4.2.0 is a general purpose modeling and simulation program.
It provides numerical solution to sets of nonlinear (or linear)
algebraic equations or ordinary differential equations.
It also performs standard or Markov chain Monte Carlo simulations
for Bayesian statistical inference.
- Mesa (SrcCD)
Mesa is a 3-D graphics library with an API which is very similar to that
- Meta-HTML (SrcCD)
<Meta-HTML> is a programming language specifically designed for working
within the World Wide Web environment. It works by interpreting
and executing an extended version of standard HTML on the server.
With mSQL, mySQL, and other database access, statefull sessions and
more, it provides the most commonly wanted Web functionality as built-in
primitives, so you don't have to write them.
- Midnight Commander (
The Midnight Commander is a user friendly & colorful file manager
& shell, useful to novice & guru alike. It has a built-in virtual file
system that manipulates files inside tar files or files
on remote machines using the FTP protocol. This mechanism is extendable
with external programs, and is the basis for the GNOME file manager.
- Miscellaneous Files Distribution (SrcCD)
The GNU Miscellaneous Files are non-crucial files
that are common on various systems, including word
lists, airport codes, ZIP codes, etc.
mkisofs is a pre-mastering program to generate an ISO 9660 file system.
It takes a snapshot of a directory tree, and makes a binary
image which corresponds to an ISO 9660 file system when written to a
It can also generate the System Use Sharing Protocol
records of the Rock Ridge Interchange Protocol
(used to further describe the files in an ISO 9660 file system to a Unix
host; it provides information such as longer filenames, uid/gid,
permissions, and device nodes).
mkisofs program is often used with
works by taking the image that
mkisofs generates and
driving a cdwriter drive to actually burn the disk.
cdwrite works under
GNU/Linux, and supports popular cdwriter drives.
Older versions of
were included with older versions of
sunsite.unc.edu has the latest version:
mtools is a collection of utilities
to access MS-DOS disks from Unix without mounting them.
It supports Windows 95 style long file names, FAT32,
OS/2 Xdf disks, 2m disks (store up to 1992k on a high density 3 1/2 disk),
and ZIP/JAZ disks.
- MULE (SrcCD)
MULE is a MULtilingual Enhancement to GNU Emacs. MULE text buffers can
contain a mix of characters from many languages including:
modern European languages (including Greek & Russian),
MULE also provides input methods for all of them.
See section GNU & Other Free Software in Japan,
for more information about MULE.
Emacs 20 includes most of the MULE features except for right-to-left
writing, interface to external Japanese/Chinese conversion server programs,
and terminal faces. These missing features will be included in Emacs soon.
mutt Also see `http://www.cs.hmc.edu/~me/mutt' (SrcCD)
Mutt is a small but very powerful screen-oriented mail client, with support
for MIME, message threading, color terms, and configurable key binding.
- Nana (SrcCD)
Nana is a debugging-support library; it provides improved support for
assertion checking and logging, for programs written in C, C++ and Ada.
ncurses implements the Unix
curses API for
developing screen-based programs that are terminal independent. It
is not merely an emulation of old (BSD) curses/termcap, but is fully
compatible with SVR4 curses/terminfo. It includes color, multiple-highlight,
& xterm mouse-event support.
- NetHack (SrcCD)
NetHack is a display-oriented adventure game similar to Rogue.
ASCII, X11, and various PC based GUI displays are supported.
NetHack runs on GNU/Linux, Amiga, Atari, BeBox, Mac, MS Windows, MS-DOS,
OS/2, Unix, VMS, and Windows NT.
The current release of NetHack is 3.2.2.
Bug reports concerning NetHack should be sent to
- NIH Class Library (SrcCD)
The NIH Class Library is a set of C++ classes (similar to
Smalltalk-80's) written in C++ by Keith Gorlen of the National Institutes
of Health (NIH).
nvi is an implementation of the
vi Unix editor. It has all the functionality of
open mode & the
edit option. Enhancements include multiple buffers, command-line editing &
path completion, integrated Perl5 & Tcl scripting languages, Cscope
support & tag stacks, 8-bit data support, infinite file/line lengths,
infinite undo, language catalogs, incremental search, extended regular
expressions, and security fixes.
It uses Autoconf for configuration and runs on any Unix-like
- Oaklisp (SrcCD)
Oaklisp is a fast, portable, object-oriented Scheme with first class types.
- Objective-C Library (SrcCD)
Our Objective-C Class Library
has general-purpose, non-graphical Objective-C
objects written by Andrew McCallum & others. It includes
collection classes for maintaining groups of objects, I/O streams, coders
for formatting objects & C types to streams, ports for network packet
transmission, distributed objects (remote object messaging), string
classes, invocations, notifications, event loops, timers, exceptions,
pseudo-random number generators,
& more. It has
the base classes for the GNUstep project; all but a few of them have
already been written. Send queries & bugs to
See "GNUstep" in section Forthcoming GNUs.
- OBST (SrcCD)
OBST is a persistent object management system with bindings to C++.
OBST supports incremental loading of methods. Its graphical tools
require the X Window System.
It features a hands-on tutorial including sample programs. It compiles
with G++, and should install easily on most Unix platforms.
- Octave (SrcCD)
Octave does arithmetic for real and complex scalars and matrices,
solves sets of nonlinear algebraic equations,
integrates systems of ordinary differential & differential-algebraic
and integrates functions over finite & infinite intervals.
Two- & three-dimensional plotting is available using
Version 2.0.9 includes support for dynamically linked functions,
user-defined data types, many new functions, & a completely revised manual.
Octave works on most GNU and Unix systems, OS/2, and Windows NT/95.
- Oleo Also see section Forthcoming GNUs (SrcCD)
Oleo is a spreadsheet program (better for you than the more expensive
spreadsheets). It supports the X Window System and character-based
terminals, and can output Embedded Postscript renditions of spreadsheets.
Keybindings should be familiar to Emacs users and are configurable.
Oleo supports multiple variable-width fonts when used under the X Window
System or outputting to Postscript devices.
p2c is Dave Gillespie's Pascal-to-C translator. It inputs many
dialects (HP, ISO, Turbo, VAX, etc.) & generates readable,
maintainable, portable C.
diff's output to a set of original files to
generate the modified versions. Recent versions of GNU
update files' timestamps as well as their contents.
- PCL (SrcCD)
PCL is a free implementation of a large subset of CLOS, the Common Lisp
Object System. It runs under both GCL and CLISP, mentioned above.
perl combines the features & capabilities of C,
sh, and provides interfaces to the Unix
system calls & many C library routines.
- PIPS (SrcCD)
PIPS is the Parallel Information Processing System. It includes programs
to convert data between the portable map image format (PNM) and the network
common data format (NetCDF), and to perform several operations on NetCDF
files in parallel.
- plotutils (SrcCD)
The GNU plotutils (plotting utilities) package includes
a subroutine library for producing
2-D device-independent vector graphics,
a sample application for plotting 2-D scientific data
that is built on top of
Supported devices include
X Window System displays,
HP-GL/2 and HP-GL printers and plotters,
and Tektronix emulators.
xfig output format,
which can be edited with the free graphics editor
is also supported.
The Postscript output format includes directives
which allow it to be edited with the
idraw graphics editor.
spline, a program that uses
splines in tension to interpolate data,
an application that will numerically integrate
a system of ordinary differential equations.
- PRCS (SrcCD)
PRCS, the Project Revision Control System,
is a version control program
with purpose similar to that of CVS.
It was designed with simplicity in mind.
Like CVS, PRCS uses RCS to accomplish this task,
but this is inconsequential to the user,
as RCS is completely hidden beneath a layer of abstraction.
ptx is our version of the traditional permuted index
generator. It handles multiple input files at once, has TeX
compatible output, & outputs readable KWIC (KeyWords In Context)
indexes without using
Plans are to merge this package into
It does not yet handle input files that do not fit in memory all at once.
rc is a shell that features a C-like syntax (much more so than
csh) and far cleaner quoting rules than the C or Bourne shells.
It's intended to be used interactively, but is also great for writing
scripts. It inspired the shell
- RCS (SrcCD)
RCS, the Revision Control System, is used for version control & management
of software projects. Used with GNU
diff, RCS can handle binary
files (8-bit data, executables, object files, etc).
RCS now conforms to GNU configuration standards & to POSIX 1003.1b-1993.
Also see the CVS item above.
readline (BinCD, SrcCD)
Brian Fox wrote the
readline library one weekend in 1987,
so that the FSF would have a clean Emacs-like line editing facility
that could be used across multiple programs.
After installing it in Bash,
he went on to test the reusability of the code
by adding it to GDB,
and then later, to the GNU FTP client.
The library supplies many entry points--the simplest interface
gives any program the ability to store a history of input lines,
and gives the end user a complete
Emacs-like (or vi-like) editing capability over the input,
simply by replacing calls to
gets with calls to
recode converts files between character sets and usages. When
exact transliterations are not possible, it may delete the offending
characters or fall back on approximations. This program recognizes or
outputs nearly 150 different character sets and is able to transliterate
files between almost any pair. Most RFC 1345 character sets are supported.
The GNU regular expression library supports POSIX.2, except for
internationalization features. It is included in many GNU programs which
do regular expression matching & is available separately. An alternate
regular expression package,
rx, is faster than
regex in many
cases; we were planning to replace
it is not certain this will happen.
- Roxen (SrcCD)
Roxen is a modularized, object-oriented, non-forking World Wide Web
server with high performance and throughput,
and capabilities for on the fly image generation
It was formerly named Spinner, but was renamed for trademark reasons.
rsync is a replacement for
rcp that has many more features.
rsync uses the "rsync algorithm",
which provides a very fast method
for synchronizing large remote files,
sending only the differences across the link.
It does not require both versions of a file
to be local in order to compute the differences.
A technical report describing the rsync algorithm
is included with the package.
Tom Lord has written
rx, a regular expression library which is
generally faster and more correct than the older GNU
- SAOimage (SrcCD)
SAOimage is an X-based astronomical image viewer. It reads array data
images, which may be in specific formats, and displays them with a
pseudocolor colormap. There is full interactive control of the
colormap, panning and zooming, graphical annotation,
and cursor tracking in pixel and sky coordinates,
among other features.
screen is a terminal multiplexer that runs several separate
"screens" (ttys) on a single character-based terminal. Each virtual
terminal emulates a DEC VT100 plus several ISO 2022 and ISO 6429 (ECMA 48,
ANSI X3.64) functions, including color. Arbitrary keyboard input
translation is also supported.
screen sessions can be detached and
resumed later on a different terminal type. Output in detached sessions is
saved for later viewing.
sed is a stream-oriented version of
ed. It comes with the
- Sharutils (SrcCD)
shar makes so-called shell archives out of many files, preparing
them for transmission by electronic mail services;
unpack these shell archives after reception.
uudecode are POSIX compliant implementations of a pair of programs
which transform files into a format that can be safely transmitted across
a 7-bit ASCII link.
- Shellutils (SrcCD)
The Shellutils are:
- Shogi (SrcCD)
Shogi is a Japanese game similar to Chess; a major difference is that
captured pieces can be returned into play.
GNU Shogi is a variant of GNU Chess; it implements the same features
& similar heuristics. As a new feature, sequences of
partial board patterns can be introduced to help the program play
toward specific opening patterns. It has both character and X display
It is primarily supported by Matthias Mutz on behalf of the FSF.
- SIPP (SrcCD)
SIPP is a library for photorealistically rendering 3D scenes. Scenes can
be illuminated by an arbitrary number of light sources; they are built up
of object hierarchies, with arbitrarily many subobjects and subsurfaces.
Surfaces can be rendered with either Phong, Gouraud, or flat shading. The
library supports programmable shaders and texture mapping.
- Smail (SrcCD)
Smail is a mail transport system, designed as a compatible
drop-in replacement for
sendmail. It uses a much simpler
configuration format than
sendmail and is designed to be setup
with minimal effort. Current beta versions of
smail which have
enhanced security and anti-spam features are available from
- Smalltalk (SrcCD)
GNU Smalltalk is an interpreted object-oriented programming language system
written in highly portable C. It has been ported to MS-DOS, many Unixes, &
Features include a binary image save capability,
the ability to call user-written C code with parameters, an
Emacs editing mode, a version of the X protocol invocable from Smalltalk,
optional byte-code compilation and/or execution tracing, &
automatically loaded per-user initialization files. It implements all of
the classes & protocol in the book "Smalltalk-80: The
Language", except for the graphic user interface (GUI) related classes.
- SNePS (SrcCD)
SNePS is the Semantic Network Processing System. It is an
implementation of a fully intensional theory of propositional
knowledge representation and reasoning. SNePS runs under
CLISP or GCL.
spell is a clone of standard Unix
implemented as a wrapper to
stow manages the installation of multiple software packages,
keeping them separate while making them appear (via symbolic links)
to be installed in the same place.
For example, Emacs can be installed in `/usr/local/stow/emacs'
and Perl in `/usr/local/stow/perl',
permitting each to be administered separately,
stow they will both appear
to be installed in `/usr/local'.
- Superopt (SrcCD)
Superopt is a function sequence generator that uses an exhaustive
generate-and-test approach to find the shortest instruction sequence for a
given function. You provide a function as input, a CPU to generate code
for, and how many instructions you want. Its use in GCC is
described in the ACM SIGPLAN PLDI'92 Proceedings.
It supports: SPARC, m68k, m68020, m88k, IBM POWER and PowerPC, AMD 29k,
Intel x86 & 960, Pyramid, DEC Alpha, Hitachi SH, & HP--PA.
- Swarm (SrcCD)
Swarm is a software package for multi-agent simulation of complex systems
being developed at The Santa Fe Institute.
Swarm is intended to be a useful tool
for researchers in a variety of disciplines,
especially artificial life.
The basic architecture of Swarm is the simulation
of collections of concurrently interacting agents:
with this architecture,
a large variety of agent based models
can be implemented.
tar (BinCD, SrcCD)
tar includes multi-volume support, the ability to archive sparse
files, compression/decompression, remote archives, and
special features that allow
tar to be used for incremental and full
tar uses an early draft of the POSIX 1003.1
ustar format which is different from the final version. This
will be corrected in the future.
- Termcap Library (SrcCD) [FSFman]
The GNU Termcap library is a drop-in replacement for `libtermcap.a' on
any system. It does not place an arbitrary limit on the size of Termcap
entries, unlike most other Termcap libraries. Included is source for the
Termcap Manual in Texinfo format (see section GNU Documentation).
- Termutils (SrcCD)
The Termutils package contains programs for controlling terminals.
tput is a portable way for shell scripts to use special terminal
tabs is a program to set hardware terminal tab
- TeX (SrcCD)
TeX is a document formatter that is used, among other things,
by the FSF for all its printed documentation.
You will need it if you want to make printed manuals.
The Source Code CD-ROM contains a minimal TeX collection,
sufficient to process Texinfo files. We hope to provide
a full TeX distribution in the future.
- Texinfo (SrcCD) [FSFman]
Texinfo is a set of utilities
which generate printed manuals, plain ASCII text, & online hypertext
documentation (called "Info"), & can read online Info documents; Info
files can also be read in Emacs. Texinfo mode for Emacs enables easy
editing & updating of Texinfo files. Source for the Texinfo Manual
is included (see section GNU Documentation).
- Textutils (SrcCD)
The Textutils programs manipulate textual data. They include:
- TIFF library (SrcCD)
The TIFF library,
libtiff, is a library for manipulating Tagged
Image File Format files, a commonly used bitmap graphics format.
- Tile Forth (SrcCD)
Tile Forth is a 32-bit implementation of the Forth--83 standard written
in C, allowing it to be easily ported to new systems
& extended with any C-function (graphics, windowing, etc).
Many documented Forth libraries are available, e.g. top-down parsing,
multi-threads, & object-oriented programming.
time reports (usually from a shell) the user, system, & real time
used by a process. On some systems it also reports memory usage, page
ucblogo implements the classic teaching language, Logo.
GNU `units' converts between different units of measurement,
such as miles/gallon to km/liter.
(It can only handle multiplicative scale changes,
so it cannot convert Celsius to Fahrenheit
though it could convert temperature differences between those temperatures scales.)
- UUCP (SrcCD)
GNU's UUCP system (written by Ian Lance Taylor) supports the
g (all window & packet sizes),
two new bidirectional (
With a BSD sockets library, it can make TCP connections. With TLI
libraries, it can make TLI connections. Source is included for a manual
(not yet published by the FSF).
- vera (SrcCD)
VERA (Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms)
is a document listing thousands of acronyms
of the computer field. Updated tri-monthly.
- viewfax (SrcCD)
Viewfax is a tool for displaying fax files on an X display.
It can display raw, digifax or tiff/f files,
such as those received by HylaFAX.
- VRweb (SrcCD)
VRweb is a browser for 3D worlds and scenes modeled in VRML (the Virtual
Reality Modeling Language), developed by Graz University of Technology,
- Emacs/W3 (SrcCD)
Emacs/W3 (written by William Perry in Emacs Lisp) is an extensible, advanced
World Wide Web browser that runs as part of Emacs.
It includes support for frames, tables, stylesheets, and much more.
wdiff is a front-end to GNU
diff. It compares two files,
finding the words deleted or added to the first to make the second. It has
many output formats and works well with terminals and pagers.
is very useful when two texts differ only by a few words and paragraphs
have been refilled.
Plans are to merge this package into
Wget non-interactively retrieves files from the Web using HTTP
& FTP. It is suitable for use in shell scripts.
windows32 is a set of header files & import libraries that
can be used by GNU tools for compiling & linking programs to be run
on Windows NT/95.
- WN (SrcCD)
WN is a World Wide Web server designed to be secure and flexible. It
offers many different capabilities in pre-parsing files before passing
them to the client, and has a very different design from Apache and the
- X11 (SrcCD)
We distribute Version 11, Release 6.3 of the X Window System with the latest
patches & bug fixes. X11 includes all of the core software, documentation,
contributed clients, libraries, & toolkits,
While supplies last, we will distribute X11R5 on the November 1993 and
earlier Source Code CD-ROMs.
xboard is a graphical chessboard for X Windows. It
can serve as a user interface to the Crafty or GNU chess
programs, the Internet Chess Servers, Email correspondence
chess, or games saved in Portable Game Notation.
xgrabsc is a screen capture program similar to
with a graphical user interface, more ways of selecting the
part of the screen to capture, & different types of output: Postscript,
color Postscript, xwd, bitmap, pixmap, & puzzle.
xinfo is an X-windows program for reading Info files. It uses
a special widget, which is available for use in other programs.
xmcd Also see `http://sunsite.unc.edu/~cddb/xmcd/' (SrcCD)
xmcd is an X11-based CD player utility and
cda is a command-line driven, non-graphical CD audio player.
xmcd is developed to use the
OSF/Motif API (version 1.1 and later)
and can also be used with LessTif, the free Motif clone.
In its evolution over the past few years,
xmcd has established itself as
the premier CD player application for the X window system
with an attractive, easy-to-use user interface.
It is feature-rich and runs on virtually
all of the popular Unix and OpenVMS platforms.
It also supports the widest array of CD-ROM and CD-R devices,
including some older SCSI-1 drives
that do not work with other CD player applications.
The remote CD database query feature fully utilizes the Internet
and taps on a vast repository of
CD artists/titles, track titles and other information.
Multi-disc changers are also supported.
Like many other CD player applications,
xmcd supports a CD database
of disc and track titles and other information.
A distinguishing feature of
the ability to connect to a remote CD database server
to query this information.
Many public Internet CD database servers
have been established around the world for this purpose,
xmcd also allows the user to
submit new CD entries to the master database.
xshogi is a graphical Shogi (Japanese Chess) board for the X
Window System. It can serve as a user interface to GNU Shogi, as a
referee for games between two humans, or as a client for the Internet
Ygl emulates a subset of SGI's GL (Graphics Language) library under
X11 on most platforms with an ANSI C compiler (including GCC). It has most
two-dimensional graphics routines, the queue device & query routines,
double buffering, RGB mode with dithering, Fortran bindings, etc.
- zlibc (SrcCD)
Zlibc is an uncompressing C library for GNU/Linux, Solaris, SunOS systems.
It is a preloadable shared object that allows executables to
uncompress the datafiles that they need on the fly.
No kernel patch, no recompilation of these executables and
no recompilation of the libraries is needed;
the package overrides the
(and other system call functions) in the shared library.
Program/Package Cross Reference
Here is a list of the package each GNU program or library is in.
You can FTP the current list from the file `/pub/gnu/ProgramIndex'
on a GNU FTP host (see section How to Get GNU Software).
* - rc
* -- rc
* --p rc
* -p rc
* .gitaction GIT
* 4dview geomview
* a2p perl
* a2x xopt
* ac acct
* accton acct
* aclocal Automake
* acm acm
* addbbox geomview
* addftinfo Groff
* addr2line Binutils
* aegis aegis
* afm2tfm TeX
* afmtodit Groff
* aid ID Utils
* AnswerGarden xopt
* any2ps MULE
* appres xreq
* ar Binutils
* as Binutils
* authwn WN
* autoconf Autoconf
* autoexpect DejaGnu
* autoheader Autoconf
* automake Automake
* autopasswd DejaGnu
* autoreconf Autoconf
* autoscan Autoconf
* autoupdate Autoconf
* auto_box xopt
* auto_box xreq
* awk GAWK
* b2m Emacs
* basename Shellutils
* bash BASH
* bashbug BASH
* bbcount Fontutils
* bc bc
* bdftops Ghostscript
* beach_ball xopt
* beach_ball xreq
* beach_ball2 xopt
* bibtex TeX
* binary-session metahtml
* bison Bison
* bitmap xreq
* bpltobzr Fontutils
* buildhash Ispell
* bzrto Fontutils
* c++ GCC
* c++filt Binutils
* c2ph perl
* ca100 xopt
* captoinfo ncurses
* cat Textutils
* cfd cfengine
* cfdoc cfengine
* cfengine cfengine
* cfrun cfengine
* charspace Fontutils
* chgrp Fileutils
* chmod Fileutils
* chown Fileutils
* chroot Shellutils
* ci RCS
* cjpeg Ghostscript
* cksum Textutils
* clear ncurses
* clisp CLISP
* cmail xboard
* cmmf TeX
* cmodext xopt
* cmp Diffutils
* co RCS
* coco MULE
* comm Textutils
* cook cook
* cookfp cook
* cooktime cook
* cp Fileutils
* cpicker xopt
* cpio cpio
* create-session metahtml
* crock xopt
* cryptdir DejaGnu
* csplit Textutils
* ctags Emacs
* ctwm xopt
* cu UUCP
* cut Textutils
* cvs CVS
* cvsbug CVS
* cxref cxref
* cxref-cpp cxref
* cxref-query cxref
* cxterm xopt
* c_incl cook
* date Shellutils
* dbcreate metahtml
* dbdelete metahtml
* dbdump metahtml
* dbget metahtml
* dbpack metahtml
* dc bc
* dd Fileutils
* ddd DDD
* decryptdir DejaGnu
* defid ID Utils
* delatex TeX
* delete-session metahtml
* detex TeX
* df Fileutils
* diff Diffutils
* diff3 Diffutils
* diffpp enscript
* dir Fileutils
* dircolors Fileutils
* dirname Shellutils
* dish xopt
* dislocate DejaGnu
* djpeg Ghostscript
* dld dld
* doschk doschk
* double plotutils
* dox xopt
* du Fileutils
* dump-acct acct
* dump-utmp acct
* dvi2tty TeX
* dvicopy TeX
* dvips TeX
* dvitype TeX
* echo Shellutils
* ed ed
* edit-pr GNATS
* editres xreq
* egrep grep
* eid ID Utils
* emacs Emacs
* emacsclient Emacs
* emu xopt
* engine metahtml
* enscript enscript
* env Shellutils
* eqn Groff
* es es
* etags Emacs
* ex nvi
* example geomview
* exicyclog Exim
* exigrep Exim
* exim Exim
* eximon Exim
* eximon Exim
* eximstats Exim
* exinext Exim
* exiwhat Exim
* expand Textutils
* expect DejaGnu
* expr Shellutils
* exterm xopt
* f2c f2c
* factor Shellutils
* false Shellutils
* fax2ps HylaFAX
* fax2ps tiff
* fax2tiff tiff
* faxalter HylaFAX
* faxanswer HylaFAX
* faxcover HylaFAX
* faxd HylaFAX
* faxd.recv HylaFAX
* faxmail HylaFAX
* faxquit HylaFAX
* faxrcvd HylaFAX
* faxrm HylaFAX
* faxstat HylaFAX
* fc f2c
* fdraw xopt
* fgrep grep
* fid ID Utils
* find Findutils
* find2perl perl
* findaffix Ispell
* find_libs cook
* finger Finger
* flex flex
* flex++ flex
* flythrough geomview
* fmt Textutils
* fnid ID Utils
* fold Textutils
* font2c Ghostscript
* fontconvert Fontutils
* forth Tile Forth
* ftp Inetutils
* ftp-rfc DejaGnu
* g++ GCC
* g77 g77
* game Chess
* gasp Binutils
* gawk GAWK
* gc-database metahtml
* gcal gcal
* gcal2txt gcal
* gcc GCC
* gcok guavac
* gdb GDB
* genclass libg++
* geomstuff geomview
* geqn Groff
* get-session-var metahtml
* gettext gettext
* gettextize gettext
* gforth gforth
* gftodvi TeX
* gftopk TeX
* gftype TeX
* ghostview Ghostview
* gid ID Utils
* gif2tiff tiff
* gindxbib Groff
* ginsu geomview
* git GIT
* gitaction GIT
* gitkeys GIT
* gitmount GIT
* gitps GIT
* gitregrep GIT
* gitrfgrep GIT
* gitrgrep GIT
* gitview GIT
* gitwipe GIT
* gitxgrep GIT
* glookbib Groff
* gn GN
* gnans Gnans
* gnanslator Gnans
* gneqn Groff
* gnroff Groff
* gnuan Chess
* gnuchess Chess
* gnuchessc Chess
* gnuchessn Chess
* gnuchessr Chess
* gnuchessx Chess
* gnuclient gnuserv
* gnudoit gnuserv
* gnugo GnuGo
* gnuplot gnuplot
* gnuplot_x11 gnuplot
* gnuserv gnuserv
* gnushogi Shogi
* gnushogir Shogi
* gnushogix Shogi
* gpc gpc
* gpc xopt
* gpc xreq
* gperf libg++
* gpic Groff
* gprof Binutils
* graffiti geomview
* graph plotutils
* graph-fig plotutils
* graph-ps plotutils
* graph-tek plotutils
* graph-X plotutils
* grefer Groff
* grep grep
* grodvi Groff
* groff Groff
* grog Groff
* grolj4 Groff
* grops Groff
* grotty Groff
* groups Shellutils
* gs Ghostscript
* gsbj Ghostscript
* gsdj Ghostscript
* gsdj500 Ghostscript
* gslj Ghostscript
* gslp Ghostscript
* gsnd Ghostscript
* gsoelim Groff
* gsrenderfont Fontutils
* gst Smalltalk
* gtbl Groff
* gtroff Groff
* guavac guavac
* guavad guavac
* guile guile
* guile-snarf guile
* gunzip gzip
* gvclock geomview
* gwm xopt
* gzexe gzip
* gzip gzip
* h2ph perl
* h2xs perl
* head Textutils
* hello hello
* hinge geomview
* hostname Shellutils
* hp2xx hp2xx
* hpftodit Groff
* hterm xopt
* i18nOlwmV2 xopt
* i2mif xopt
* ico xopt
* ico xreq
* icombine Ispell
* id Shellutils
* ident RCS
* ifnames Autoconf
* igawk GAWK
* ijoin Ispell
* ImageMagick xopt
* imagemap metahtml
* imageto Fontutils
* iman xopt
* imgrotate Fontutils
* indent indent
* indxbib Groff
* inetd Inetutils
* info Texinfo
* infocmp ncurses
* inimf TeX
* initex TeX
* install Fileutils
* install-info Texinfo
* install-sid GNATS
* ispell Ispell
* ispengine metahtml
* ixterm xopt
* ixx xopt
* join Textutils
* kgames xopt
* kibitz DejaGnu
* kinput2 xopt
* kterm xopt
* last acct
* lastcomm acct
* latex TeX
* lclock xopt
* ld Binutils
* less less
* lessecho less
* lesskey less
* libavcall.a ffcall
* libbfd.a Binutils
* libc.a C Library
* libcurses.a ncurses
* libexpect.a DejaGnu
* libF77.a f2c
* libfl.a flex
* libform.a ncurses
* libform_g.a ncurses
* libg++.a libg++
* libgdbm.a gdbm
* libgmp.a gmp
* libgnanslib.a Gnans
* libgnussl.a gnussl
* libgst.a Smalltalk
* libguile.a guile
* libI77.a f2c
* libiberty.a Binutils
* libintl.a gettext
* libjpeg.a Ghostscript
* libltc.a lesstif
* libmenu.a ncurses
* libmenu_g.a ncurses
* libmmalloc.a GDB
* libMrm.a lesstif
* libncurses.a ncurses
* libncurses_g.a ncurses
* libnihcl.a NIHCL
* libnihclmi.a NIHCL
* libnihclvec.a NIHCL
* libnls.a xreq
* libobjects.a libobjects
* liboctave.a Octave
* liboldX.a xreq
* libopcodes.a Binutils
* libp2c.a p2c
* libpanel.a ncurses
* libpanel_g.a ncurses
* libPEXt.a xopt
* libplot.a plotutils
* libplotfig.a plotutils
* libplotps.a plotutils
* libplottek.a plotutils
* libplotX.a plotutils
* libreadline.a readline
* libregex.a regex
* librx.a rx
* libsipp.a SIPP
* libstdc++.a libstdc++
* libtcl7.5.a DejaGnu
* libtelnet.a Inetutils
* libtermcap.a Termcap
* libtiff.a tiff
* libtool libtool
* libtoolize libtool
* libUil.a lesstif
* libvacall.a ffcall
* libWc.a xopt
* libX.a xreq
* libXau.a xreq
* libXaw.a xreq
* libXcp.a xopt
* libXcu.a xopt
* libXdmcp.a xreq
* libXm.a lesstif
* libXmp.a xopt
* libXmu.a xreq
* libXO.a xopt
* libXop.a xopt
* libXp.a xopt
* libXpex.a xopt
* libXt.a xopt
* libXt.a xreq
* libXwchar.a xopt
* libYgl.a Ygl
* lid ID Utils
* limn Fontutils
* list-sessions metahtml
* listres xopt
* listres xreq
* lkbib Groff
* ln Fileutils
* locate Findutils
* logger Inetutils
* logname Shellutils
* logo ucblogo
* lookbib Groff
* lpunlock DejaGnu
* ls Fileutils
* lynx lynx
* lz mtools
* m2ps MULE
* m4 m4
* mail-files Sharutils
* mailq smail
* mailshar Sharutils
* make make
* make2cook cook
* makeindex TeX
* makeinfo Texinfo
* MakeTeXPK TeX
* man-macros Groff
* maniview geomview
* many2html enscript
* mattrib mtools
* maze xopt
* maze xreq
* mazewar xopt
* mbadblocks mtools
* mc mc
* mcd mtools
* mcedit mc
* mcheck mtools
* mcmfmt mc
* mcomp mtools
* mcopy mtools
* mcserv mc
* md5sum Textutils
* mdb metahtml
* mdel mtools
* mdeltree mtools
* mdir mtools
* me-macros Groff
* medit2gv geomview
* merge RCS
* mf TeX
* mformat mtools
* mft TeX
* mgdiff xopt
* mhc metahtml
* mhttpd metahtml
* minfo mtools
* mkafmmap enscript
* mkcache GN
* mkdir Fileutils
* mkfifo Fileutils
* mkid ID Utils
* mkisofs mkisofs
* mklib metahtml
* mkmanifest mtools
* mknod Fileutils
* mkpass metahtml
* mkpasswd DejaGnu
* mlabel mtools
* mm-macros Groff
* mmd mtools
* mmount mtools
* mmove mtools
* mpartition mtools
* mrd mtools
* mread mtools
* mren mtools
* ms-macros Groff
* msgcmp gettext
* msgfmt gettext
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