Pre-release of lynx ver 2.0.12

Lou Montulli (
Wed, 27 Oct 93 18:17:32 CDT

I would like to invite anyone who is interested in doing some
pre-release testing to check out /pub/lynx/prerelease/lynx2-0-12.tar.Z

I think that I have tracked down every reported bug, but there is
nothing like a little field testing.

I expect to make an official release in a few days.

Here is most of a release anouncement.
!!!!!!!This is a pre-release anouncement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lynx Ver. 2.0.12 is now available for anonymous ftp from as /pub/lynx/prerelease/lynx2-0-12.tar.Z

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Lynx is a distributed hypertext browser with full World Wide Web
and Gopher capibilities. For an explanation of features and a demo,
telnet to "" and login as "www".

This release of Lynx has been compiled by me on the following platforms:

o IBM (AIX 3.2)
o DEC Ultrix
o DEC Alpha OSF/1
o Sun 4
o NeXT (Mine is an older version of NeXTStep, but it should work
with newer ones too.)
o VMS (Multinet)

Binaries for the following platforms are available:

o IBM (AIX 3.2, will work with 3.1 as well)
o Ultrix
o Alpha OSF/1
o Sun 4
o VMS (Multinet)

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The following new features have been added:

* added VMS port fixes from Foteos Macrides. Lynx now
compiles and works on VMS! (bug? :)
* added preliminary level 1 forms support.
(Parsing and user display works, but nothing else)
I'm looking for input on the forms interface!
* local documents ending in .html can now be referenced with
just a filename and/or path from the command line.
* Added preloaded searches to gopher URL's. They previously
didn't work. This is redily apparent as preloaded CSO
searches, which alot of people wanted. (bug?)
* The user's specified editor is now spawned for mail messages.
If no editor is defined or if the user is anonymous, the built-in
lynx mail sender is used.
* added progress messages to all transfers.
(are the gopher progress messages too numerous?)
* added -cache=# command line option to specify the number
of WWW documents cached in memory.
* Moved many configuration options including printer setup to
lynx.cfg file. The default placement of the lynx.cfg file
will be /usr/local/lib & sys$public. Printers can now be
configured without recompiling!
* Removed STARTDIR variable from userdefs.h STARTDIR is now inferred
from the STARTFILE. (doesn't effect HTML files)
* Ported to SVR4 courtesy of Nickolay Saukh (from Russia, Wow this is
really getting around!)
* Ported to Irix (I think)
* National language support through LOCALE
(instead of ISOLATIN1), protected by #ifdef LOCALE (Nickolay Saukh)

A partial list of bugs that have been fixed

* disabled FTP connection caching to help fix multiple FTP problems
* fixed a bunch of gopher holes
* gopher lists are turned into URL's now instead of lynx
internal format document links
* removed old hytelnet compatibility code which looked in
multiple directories to find the correct file. If you still
need this capibility talk to me.
* changed all static data structures to be dynamic
This was a pretty major change of code which may add several
bugs. :)
* rewrote parse_links routine to make it more efficient and to
work with dynamic structures.
* added VMS port fixes from Foteos Macrides. Lynx now
compiles and works on VMS!
* fixed ftp bug in WWWlib that didn't de-escape URL's before
sending request to FTP server.
* fixed coredump bug for some files with no links.
* Fixed bug with only one link selectable out of many on the last line
of the display.
* Uneditable documents don't get refetched. (Nickolay Saukh)