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History of Ghostscript versions 9.n
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This is the thirteenth full release in the stable 9.x series, and is a maintenance release.
Highlights in this release include:
A substantial revision of the build system and GhostPDL directory structure, meaning the GhostPCL and GhostXPS "products" are now built by the Ghostscript build system "proper" rather than having their own builds which called the Ghostscript build system for certain parts of the builds.
Ghostscript-only users should not be affected by this change.
For users of the PCL and XPS interpreters (collectively downloaded as "GhostPDL") there
is a new, "flatter" directory structure and only one
configure and one
make invocation to build all the products. There are also some executable default name changes
to bring the PCL and XPS binaries in line with the Ghostscript ones. All executables now end up in
the "bin" directory (or build specific variant thereof, e.g. "debugbin"). The PCL
executable, by default, is now "gpcl6" on Unix like systems and "gpcl6win??.exe" (where
"??" is either "32" or "64"). The XPS executable remains "gxps" on Unix-like
systems, but similarly becomes "gxpswin??.exe" on Windows.
Those using scripts or other automated processes will need to take steps to cope with these changes.
A new method of internally inserting devices into the device chain has been developed, named "device subclassing". This allows suitably written devices to be more easily and consistently as "filter" devices.
The first fruit of this is a new implementation of the "-dFirstPage"/"-dLastPage" feature which functions a device filter in the Ghostscript graphics library, meaning it works consistently with all input languages.
Plus the usual round of bug fixes, compatibility changes, and incremental improvements.
For a list of open issues, or to report problems, please visit bugs.ghostscript.com.
No recorded incompatible changes.
See the history file for complete log of changes.
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Ghostscript version 9.18, 5 October 2015