GLib-2.5.3 released [unstable]

GLib-2.5.3 is now available for download at:

glib-2.5.3.tar.bz2   md5sum: 7e40b96f39060aa90235ccc51e3c5789 
glib-2.5.3.tar.gz    md5sum: d4a2f0c8d54b98dcfcd92f1970c994ca 

This is the fourth development release leading up to GLib-2.6.  


 * This is unstable development release. While it has had
   fairly extensive testing, there are certainly plenty of 
   bugs remaining to be found. This release should not be 
   used in production.

 * Installing this version will overwrite your existing
   copy of GLib-2.4. If you have problems, you'll need
   to reinstall GLib-2.4.7.

 * GLib-2.6 will be source and binary compatible with
   the GLib-2.4.x series; however, the new API additions
   in GLib-2.5.0 are not yet finalized, so there may
   be incompatibities between this release and the final
   2.6 release.

 * Remaining API issues for GLib-2.6 can be found with following
   bugzilla query:

 * Bugs should be reported to

About GLib

GLib is the low-level core library that forms the basis for projects
such as GTK+ and GNOME. It provides data structure handling for C,
portability wrappers, and interfaces for such runtime functionality as
an event loop, threads, dynamic loading, and an object system.

More information about GLib is available at:

An installation guide for the GTK+ libraries, including GLib, can
be found at:

Overview of Changes from GLib 2.5.2 to GLib 2.5.3
* GOption
 - set the program name from argv[0] [Masatake YAMATO]
 - make contexts work without a main group [Anders Carlsson]
* Performance
 - Get rid of many PLT entries for internally used exported symbols,
   and clean up the ABI at the same time and make make check check the
   list of exported symbols.  [Matthias Clasen]
* Add API to get ISO 8601 week numbers [Niklas Lundell]
* Add API to install an alternate default log handler [Darin Adler]
* Add API to obtain a list of applicable locale names [Hidetoshi Tajima]
* Reduce code size bloat by removing literal strings from
 the g_return_if_fail() macros [Owen Taylor]
* Add g_strv_length [Tim-Philipp M�
* Win32 changes
 - Add API to determine the Windows version [Tor Lillqvist]
* Other bug fixes [Stepan Kasal, Anders, Tor, Kazuki Iwamoto,
  Manish Singh]
* Documentation improvements [Morten Welinder, Matthias]
* New and updated translations (es,nn,ro)

A list of all bugs fixed in this release can be found at

September 18, 2004

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