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16 January 2009

Petr Rockai: darcs 2.2.0

I am happy to announce general availability of darcs 2.2.0. Getting the release For this release, we have decided to provide two flavours, depending on the build system used:
  1. The source tarball,, which can be built using the traditional autoconf-based system. This is the fully supported version. After downloading and unpacking, you can issue:
    $ ./configure
    $ make
    and possibly
    # make install
    More detailed instructions inside the tarball (file README). Please note that we had at least one report of build failure, with quickcheck-related message. The currently best workaround, if this happens to you, is to use the cabal version of the package instead, see below.
  2. Cabalised source. You can either download a tarball from and build manually (see the build instructions in README inside the tarball), or, alternatively, you can use cabal-install to obtain a copy:
    $ cabal update
    $ cabal install darcs
    This will give you a darcs binary in ~/.cabal/bin you should probably add that to your PATH.
In addition to source tarballs, we expect binary packages for various UNIX platforms will be available in due time. For Windows users, Salvatore Insalaco has prepared a binary build, available from You just need to unpack the directory somewhere and add it to your path (if you like). Moreover, an experimental TortoiseDarcs release for darcs 2 has been made available by Kari Hoijarvi and is looking for home. It can be found at (unfortunately, at the time of this writing, the site seemed unreachable If you can help with hosting, please mail Kari.) What s New The summary of changes since version 2.1.2 (released last November) follows: And a summary of issues that have been fixed in darcs since version 2.1.2 (compiled by Thorkil Naur): 525 amend-record => darcs patches show duplicate additions
971 darcs check fails (case sensitivity on filenames)
1006 darcs check and repair do not look for adds
1043 pull => mergeAfterConflicting failed in geteff (2.0.2+)
1101 darcs send cc recipient not included in success message
1117 Whatsnew should warn on non-recorded files
1144 Add darcs send in-reply-to or header In-Reply-To: x@y.z
1165 get should print last gotten tag
1196 Asking for changes in /. of directory that doesn t exist gives changes in entire repo
1198 Reproducible mergeConflictingNons failed in geteff with ix
1199 Backup files darcs added after external merge
1223 sporadic test failure (2.1.1rc2+472)
1238 wish: darcs help setpref should list all prefs
1247 make TAGS is broken
1249 2.1.2 (+ 342 patches) local drive detection on Windows error
1272 amend-record not the same as unrecord + record
1273 renameFile: does not exist (No such file or directory)
1223 sporadic test failure (2.1.1rc2+472) I would like to thank all contributors for making this release possible. Future The next release will be 2.2.1, fixing low-risk issues found in 2.2.0, or those that have been excluded for 2.2.0 due to freeze. This release will appear in two or three weeks time, depending on circumstances. The next major release will be 2.3, due in June or July this year. The focus of this release will be new features and further work on performance. Moreover, we expect that it will use Cabal as its default build system and will make first steps towards sustainable libdarcs API.