Ruby 1.8.7-preview4 has been released


It is my pleasure to announce that the fourth and hopefully the last
preview of Ruby 1.8.7 has just been released. Changes from the
previous preview release include fixes for many bugs and memory leaks,
follow-up for security problems, some incompatibility issues and a few
new backports.

The new version of Ruby includes many bug fixes, lots of feature
enhancements and some performance improvements since 1.8.6 while
maintaining stability and backward compatibility with the previous
release to a high degree, although there are ongoing efforts that need
to be done toward adopting RubySpec.

The source code package is available in three formats at the following


  MD5 (ruby-1.8.7-preview4.tar.bz2) = f2093521a67983dd42776efc70fc0905
  SHA256 (ruby-1.8.7-preview4.tar.bz2) = 9f81d584a5b1bda92d933c48a336edd0ce6818eaa3a4e95cab59a73c85a7b285
  SIZE (ruby-1.8.7-preview4.tar.bz2) = 4098091

  MD5 (ruby-1.8.7-preview4.tar.gz) = b983608947fac9a044ad8e6ee5c32479
  SHA256 (ruby-1.8.7-preview4.tar.gz) = 9e45e09ae12e0bc0c89be20c588f26b0fdddf9f1bdb2d2b59ecedfbb7f1cec3c
  SIZE (ruby-1.8.7-preview4.tar.gz) = 4795826

  MD5 ( = 3c208e6f99cf7be80ed2e56a44fff337
  SHA256 ( = 27cf4c38c2ff9ae6045f7eefcf5164a30a69b1042af64cf729dc180363e629f8
  SIZE ( = 5897462

For a brief list of user visible changes and a full list of all
changes, see the bundled files named NEWS and ChangeLog, which are
also available at the following locations:

Please test it out and drop us a report in the following tracker if
you find any problem:

Some known problems are on the list and when you find one it may be
fixed already, so please look through all items querying with "State"
set to "Any" before submitting a new one.

The final release will be released by the end of this month, so this
is your last chance to report problems! Please help us debug this
preview using your libraries and applications and make the final
release production ready.



Akinori MUSHA /