vte-0.15.2 released [unstable]

Vte-0.15.2 is available for download at:


Vte is GNOME 2's virtual-terminal emulation widget.

This is an unstable release in the development cycle targeted for GNOME

This is a very exciting release.  Most of the changes are made by Chris Wilson
who just got access to the vte repository.  On his first day he committed more
than 20 large patches, cleaning various parts of the code base and optimizing
too!  As a result of huge changes in this release, some regressions, specially
on less common systems/architectures is expected.  Please file bugs.

Highlights of improvements in this release:
- Moving around in vim and mc is a lot faster now, thanks to much
  smaller areas that will be redrawn with this release.
- Mouse wheel is usable in mc now, since we don't generate release
  events for scroll wheel events anymore.
- Faster.  One of the internal timers was completely removed, and
  lots of unnecessary work is not done anymore.  Particularly when
  the widget is not visible.
- Switched to using g_spawn_async to fork the child process, so we
  can now enjoy the error checking implemented in that functions.
  Failed forks now return an error message.
- Accessibility improvements.
- New environment variable VTE_BACKEND, to choose which rendering
  backend to use.  The old VTE_USE_* env vars are deprecated and
  not functional anymore.
- Bugs fixed in this release:
	Bug 399137 - continuation.
	Bug 132316 – terminal widget's context menu posting isn't exposed as an AtkAction
		     Original patch by <padraig obriain sun com>
	Bug 156161 – AccessibleText_getTextAtOffset returns wrong values in gnome-terminal
		     Patch by <padraig obriain sun com>
	Bug 399137 – UTF-8 problem in VteAccess
	Bug 123591 – vte_terminal_fork_command succeeds even when it does not
	Bug 345514 – -no-undefined doesn't work with latest libtool
	Bug 162003 – vte configure.in X checking can fail
	           – though this may cause other regressions!
	Bug 314669 – Please specialize AC_PATH_XTRA
	Bug 389538 – crash in Terminal: nothing
	Bug 161479 – Scroll wheel generates Release events
	Bug 398602 – Build Failure
	Bug 397724 – Orca incorrect echo's certain input in gnome-terminal
		     when key echo is set to off (on Ubuntu Feisty).
	Bug 398244 – Gnome-terminal opens a huge sized window
	Bug 398243 – Crash
	Bug 398116 – lags behind when widget not visible
	Bug 398083 – background not painted correctly when starting up
	Bug 397414 - port vteapp to GOption
	Bug 395373 - Allow the user to specify backend priorities.
	Bug 346554 – Fancy prompt triggers update problem
	Bug 397439 – Performance enhancement patch series
	Bug 161342 – Vte slow with mc and vim
	Bug 387171 – vte fails to install on FreeBSD due to missing header
		     Patch from Roy Marples
	Bug 396831 – Unable to compile without X
		     Patch from Chris Wilson
	Bug 394890 – Segfault when running vte or gnome-terminal

Behdad Esfahbod
22 January 2007

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