[metapost] MetaPost 1.209 announcement

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Thu Dec 24 10:56:57 CET 2009

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

MetaPost 1.209

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


This release will also be available from CTAN soon, and it will be
included in the next TeXLive. The source package should compile normally
on all systems that are capable of compiling a modern web2c-based TeX

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 1.209

* Previous 1.20X mem files were architecture-dependent.

* Metapost now uses getopt once again, which makes the commandline
  handling compatible with pre-1.20X versions. However, the syntax
  -sprologues=1 is now no longer supported (the space between -s
  and prologues is now mandatory).

* On some systems, metapost would crash inside the function that prints
  the 'fatal error' message.

* The 'glyph infont' operator would sometimes cause crashes, and in
  other cases it generated bad output.

* There was a space missing in the generated output when mpprocset
  was set. This was still legal PostScript, but it confused mptopdf.

* In previous 1.20X versions, the font map file was read for each
  figure that contained a label, resulting in lots of harmless
  but scary warnings being reported.

* The --debug switch is now documented in the command-line help.

* The help text now mentions the metapost version.

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; 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, December 24, 2009.

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