In addition, the library includes a path-searching module. This allows an application to provide completion and lookup of files located in UNIX style paths. Although not built into the line editor by default, it can easily be called from custom tab-completion callback functions. This was originally conceived for completing the names of executables and providing a way to look up their locations in the user's PATH environment variable, but it can easily be asked to look up and complete other types of files in any list of directories.
Note that special care has been taken to allow the use of this library in threaded programs. The option to enable this is discussed in the Makefile, and specific discussions of thread safety are presented in the included man pages.
The current version is version 1.6.2. This may be obtained from:
For the sake of automated scripts, the following URL always points to the latest version. Note that the version number can be found in the README file.
The library is distributed under a permissive non-copyleft free software license (the X11 license with the name of the copyright holder changed). This is compatible with, but not as restrictive as the GNU GPL.
Sun Solaris 2.5,2.6,7,8,9 with any of gcc, Sun C, or g++. Mandrake Linux 7.1 etc.., gcc Red Hat Linux 7 etc.., gcc Fedora Core 1, gcc Suse Linux 6.4, gcc IBM AIX 4.3.3, gcc HP-UX 10.20, HP-UX 11, gcc, c89 FreeBSD, gcc Alpha OSF1, cc, gcc Mac OS X Cygwin (running under Windows) QNX NetBSD 1.6, 386, gcc SGI IRIX 6.5 Linux in generalThere haven't been many reports concerning the POSIX reentrant version, so the absence of any of the above from the following list of systems on which the reentrant version is known to work, shouldn't be taken as an indication that the reentrant version doesn't work.
Sun Solaris 2.5,2.6,7,8,9 with any of gcc, Sun C, or g++. Mandrake Linux, gcc RedHat Linux, gcc Fedora Core, gcc SuSE Linux, gcc HP-UX 11, gcc IBM AIX 4.3.3, gcc Alpha OSF1, cc SGI IRIX 6.5 Linux in generalThe only system that is known to have issues with the reentrant version of the library is SCO UnixWare 7.1.1. The problem is in the system provided signal.h, which breaks when POSIX_C_SOURCE is defined. It has been reported that this can be "fixed" by editing signal.h.
If you compile the library on a system that isn't mentioned above, please send E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.