ABCL 1.8.0

Alessio Stalla alessiostalla at
Fri Oct 30 13:18:31 UTC 2020

Congrats Mark and other developers for maintaining the Bear alive and

On Fri, 30 Oct 2020 at 12:34, Mark Evenson <evenson at> wrote:

>     ABCL 1.8.0
>     Under the gathering storms of the Fall 2020, we are pleased to
>     release ABCL 1.8.0 as the Ninth major revision of the
>     implementation.
>     This Ninth Edition of the implementation now supports building and
>     running on the recently released openjdk15 platform.  This release
>     is intended as the last major release to support the openjdk6,
>     openjdk7, and openjdk8 platforms, for with abcl-2.0.0 we intend to
>     move the minimum platform to openjdk11 or better in order to
>     efficiently [implement atomic memory compare and swap
>     operations][github/issues/92].
>     With this release, the implementation of the EXT:JAR-PATHNAME and
>     EXT:URL-PATHNAME subtypes of cl:PATHNAME has been fixed to the
>     point that arbitrary references to ZIP archives within archives
>     now work for read-only stream operations (CL:PROBE-FILE,
>     and CL:MERGE-PATHNAMES).  The previous versions of the
>     implementation relied on the ability for to open
>     streams of an archive within an archive, behavior that was
>     silently dropped after Java 5, and consequently hasn't worked on
>     common platforms supported by the Bear in a long time.  The
>     overhaul of the implementation restores the feasibility of
>     accessing fasls from within jar files.  Interested parties may
>     examine the ASDF-JAR contrib for a recipe for packaging and
>     accessing such artifacts.  Please consult the ["Beyond ANSI:
>     Pathnames" Section 4.2 of the User Manual][manual] for further
>     details for how namestrings and components of PATHNAME objects
>     have been revised.
>     A more comprehensive list of [CHANGES][] is available with the source.
>     [1.8.0]:
>     [asdf-jar]:
>     [github/issues/92]:
>     [manual]:
>     [CHANGES]:
> --
> "A screaming comes across the sky.  It has happened before but there is
> nothing
> to compare to it now."
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