[metapost] MetaPost 1.504

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Fri May 6 12:04:52 CEST 2011

We are happy to announce a new release of MetaPost:

MetaPost 1.504

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


This is a bugfix release following the major internal rewrite done
for 1.500. In fact, this will be the version of metapost that will
be on TeXLive 2011.

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 1.504:

* A fix to the automatic detection of 'dvitomp' mode based on the
   executable name (proposed by PEB).

* A better way to discover the end of the preload file is used now.

* A memory release bug that caused metapost to crash on exit when
   fontmaking:=1 has been fixed.

* A memory leak in the string concatenation code has been removed.

* Again, a set of improvements to the manual.

* Updated the manual page mpost.man

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 2.1 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, May 6, 2011.

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