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zsh 5.1 released [user]

[You may or may not also get this from zsh-announce@xxxxxxx, but this is
likely to arrive more quickly in any case so I thought I'd send it here.  Do
not ingest your SATS.]

Version 5.1 of zsh has been released and is available from


and will be uploaded to Sourceforge.

Note that in addition to the tar.gz files (for people who like
traditional compression schemes) there are also tar.xz rather than
tar.bz2 files (for people how like the latest compression scheme).
The latter are uncompressed with "tar xJf", rather than "tar xjf".

This is an upgrade from 5.0.8.  A two-digit release number has been
picked as a simplification: it does not imply that this version is
substantially different from the previous release.

There are a couple of interesting enhancements.  In particular, there is
now support for genuine assignment syntax after keywords such as "local"
and "typeset"

Also, text pased within X terminals is safer as it appears as characters
rather than raw input (so in particular you need to hit Return to
execute it).  Note that slight tweaks to this may occur in future
versions, though the general scheme is likely to remain the default.

See the README and NEWS files for more.

There are also many bug fixes, notably better protection against race
conditions in interrupts (typically, but not necessarily, those
resulting from exiting child processes), as well as enhancments to
completion functions.

Thank you to the many people who have contributed or otherwise helped.

Please report problems to zsh-workers@xxxxxxx.

Peter Stephenson <p.w.stephenson@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Web page now at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/p.w.stephenson/

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