[metapost] MetaPost 1.212 announcement

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Tue Oct 19 10:08:22 CEST 2010

The MetaPost team is happy to announce a new release of MetaPost:

MetaPost 1.212

The standalone distribution package and a win32 binary can be downloaded
immediately from


This release will also be available from CTAN soon. The source package
should compile normally on all systems that are capable of compiling a
modern web2c-based TeX distribution.

The win32 binary is intended for texlive or a similar web2c-based
installation, this executable will *not* work for miktex.

Of course, we welcome any comments (either good or bad) that you may
have. Simply replying to this message is fine, but see the bottom of
the message for a more formal way to report bugs and feature requests.

What is new in MetaPost version 1.212

* A very long list of improvements to the manual.

* MetaPost now adheres to the openin_any / openout_any settings in

* In some cases 'readfrom' made the file's path be prepended to the
   actually read string from the file.

* The 'prologues:=3 output' with embedded labels was unreliable,
   especially when the resulting eps was included into a TeX document
   via dvips.

* 'newinternal numeric' has been fixed, it generated an error in
   metapost 1.211.

* Label regeneration sometimes failed to run when the file time stamps
   were close together.

* Reallocation of the string pool during output file name creation
   ('outputtemplate') could cause corruption in the created file's name.

Legal notice / license / bug reports

MetaPost is a system for producing graphics developed by John Hobby
at AT&T, based on Donald Knuth's Metafont.  The MetaPost home page
is http://tug.org/metapost.

MetaPost is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published
by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

The MetaPost development project is currently hosted at Supelec,
http://foundry.supelec.fr/gf/project/metapost; with a bug tracker
at http://tracker.luatex.org/. Please report bugs and
request enhancements through there if possible. Alternatively, you
can reach us through the <metapost at tug.org> mailing list as well.

Have fun!

Taco Hoekwater, for the MetaPost team, October 19, 2010.

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