GNUstep Base Release Notes

Authors

Adam Fedor (fedor@gnu.org)
Richard Frith-Macdonald (rfm@gnu.org)

Version: $Revision: 1.41 $

Date: $Date: 2015/05/15 09:48:41 $

Copyright: (C) 2005,2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Base Release Notes

The release notes include descriptions of API changes, behaviour changes and other information that might help developers and users migrate to using a newer version of the library.

Version 1.24.8

A new stable (bugfix) release.
The release contains a variety of bugfixes as well as some performance optimisations (particularly in the use of tiny string objects by the new objc runtime on 64bit systems).
Thread naming and logging of threads by NSLog() has been made consistent with the latest OSX releases, making debugging of multithreaded code a little easier.
Sergei Golovin has added NSURLConnection regression tests (while fixing a few bugs there).
As usual, this release also contains an update to include the most recent international timezone data.

Version 1.24.7

A new stable (bugfix) release.
The release has various platform/portability tweaks, as well as a variety of bugfixes.
The default HTTPS connection configuration is modified to disable SSLv3.0 support (to prevent the 'POODLE' security attack).
This release also contains an update to include the most recent international timezone data.

Version 1.24.6

A new stable (bugfix) release.
This release contains a new class (NSUUID) and several new methods.
The OSX version compatibility macros have been updated to add the latest version of OSX.
The release has various platform/portability tweaks, as well as a variety of bugfixes.

Version 1.24.5

A new stable (bugfix) release.
The main reason for this version is to release a collection of minor bugfixes before making more extensive changes which will break ABI compatibility and appear in a 1.25 branch.
This release contains a new class (NSInvocationOperation) and a few new methods.
The OSX version compatibility macros have been updated to permit use of the same numeric values as on OSX.
The release has been through the clang static analyzer (with minor issues resolved) and has had clang's printf format checking used to correct issues (mostly with NSInteger/NSUInteger on 64bit systems) with printf formats in various debug/logging messages.
Timezone data was updated for this release.

Version 1.24.4

A new stable (bugfix) release.
The main reason for this version is the inclusion of the latest available time zone data (something accidentally omitted from the previous release).
Most of the other changes in this version are fairly minor portability and bugfixes (and the addition of a number of new testcases).
API changes are limited to the addition of a few OSX-10.7 methods for NSCalendar and a few new NSFileManager methods for working with URLs.
Finally, there is experimental code to change the hashing algorithm used in the library ... enabling it will cause slower hash generation but a better distribution of hash values ... which might improve the performance of large collections.

Version 1.24.3

A new stable release.
Many changes in this version are behavior updates/improvements but there are also new APIs, none of which should effect binary compatibility with earlier 1.24.x releases.
An important change at the configure stage is that configure policy now requires you to explicitly disable features in order to build if external packages that those features depend on are missing. This should ensure that builds of base contain consistent feature sets unless you really want to change that.

The main changes are:
Implementation of the NSXML DOM classes (previously stubs). This is by far the biggest chunk of new code in this release. The DOM support has a dependency on the libxml2 library.
Implementation of cookies in the NSURLConnection related classes.
Implementation of common HTTPS support in the NSURLConnection related classes and the older NSURLHandle. The HTTPS support has a dependency on the gnutls library.
Implementation of new sorting code for faster sorting and to allow sorting algorithms to be changed.
Many changes to add support for ObjectiveC-2.0 additions.
Implementation of Encoding/Decoding of NSAffineTransform.
Many, many minor bugfixes and tweaks.

Version 1.24.0

A new stable release.
Most changes in this version are behavior updates/improvements rather than new API, but you should be aware that there is a binary incompatibility on 64bit systems in that the value of the NSNotFound constant there is now 64bits rather than 32bits.

With this release the official supported compiler for GNUstep is gcc-4.0 and later, and the base library has been tested using recent gcc development snapshots.

The main changes are:
Support for the GNU LANGUAGES environment variable and other locale improvements.
Caching of file and directory path information within bundles.
IPV6 support for NSHost and networking operations.
Support for UTF-8 string literals in source (compiler permitting).
Improved support for building standalone application bundles.
And of course, lots of bugfixes and OSX compatibility tweaks.

One this that didn't make it into this release was functioning NSXML DOM classes. For DOM style work you still need to use the GSXML classes, however there is active work on implementing NSXMLNode and friends as wrappers round the corresponding libxml2 classes, and we hope/expect these to be ready soon.

Version 1.23.0

A new stable release with many minor bugfixes and tweaks.
The main changes however are David Chisnall's work adding support of the clang compiler and Objective-C 2.0 language/runtime (the compiler/runtime combination now provides full support for the Objective-C 2.0 language).
Garbage collection using clang and libobjc2 is now available in addition to the existing gcc runtime garbage collection support.
Going beyond that, for people who don't like garbage collection, there is now support for automated reference counting, where the clang compiler adds reference count calls to manage object lifetimes, relieving the application developer from the need to manage reference counts.

An important point to note is that this is the last release to support the gcc-2.9.5 compiler. In future, while releases may work with older systems, the formal requirement will be a gcc-4.x series compiler or later and base may also depend on support for the C99 standard being available.
This change is being made in order avoid developers needing to spend a great deal of time keeping code working for obsolete systems which are no longer used in practice.

Version 1.22.0

A new stable release with many updates and changes. In addition to many new classes and methods, there is now a regression test framework included in the base release.

In addition, base now supports and uses the Objective-C 2.0 runtime API from Apple and we encourage anyone programming with GNUstep to move to using this new runtime and the new functionality it supports. Note however, there is currently no compiler/runtime combination that completely supports the Objective-C 2.0 specification, but we would recommend the following:

New Test Framework
Please look at the README file in the TestFramework directory of the make package for more information on how to use and write test cases.
NSTimeZones
Updated with the latest zone info.
NSNumberFormatter and NSDateFormatter
Implemented a number of methods.
NSLocale and NSCalendar
Initial implementation of these classes. The libicu 4.0 library is now required for full operation of these classes.
NSNumber
Fix the +numberWith... methods to work for subclasses of NSNumber rather than creating instances of the default class.
NSFileManager
Implemented a few new methods
NSSet
Add block enumeration
NSOperation
Implement support for concurrent operations
NSRegularExpression
Also requires libicu for full functionality.
NSTimeZone
Implement some more methods
NSNetServices
Implement avahi-based services

Version 1.21.1

This is an unstable snapshot release but is functionally identical to the 1.20-1 stable bugfix release, made to ensure that the latest available snapshot version of the unstable branch is at least as up to date as the latest stable release.
The changes in this release are a timezone handling update to the latest zone information, various minor bug fixes and portability updates, some small cleanups and optimizations, a few tweaks to help packagers, and finally an alteration to the additions library on OSX to add a category to re-enable serialization of property lists in the more readable and compact OpenStep format (something the most recent versions of OSX lost).

NSAttributedString
Fixes for keyed archiving/unarchiving.
NSData
Improve reading of non-standard files (eg /proc filesystem).
NSHashTable
Fix minor buffer overrun.
NSInvocation
Fix for problem with FFI when caching the method implementation of a proxy.
NSNumber
Fix the +numberWith... methods to work for subclasses of NSNumber rather than creating instances of the default class.
NSKeyValueCoding
Fix -isKey for KVC compliance.
NSPropertyList
Fix whitespace handling in XML property lists.
Allow OpenStep style property lists to be written on OSX.
NSTimeZone
Update to latest zone information.
Update list of timezone abbreviations.
Improve diagnostics when no timezone is set.
GSObjCMethodNames
Fix broken implementation.
ObjectiveC2 compatibility
Bugfix for selector lookup issue.
Working implementation of checks for conformance to protocols.
Installation of gdomap
The installation process used to install gdomap setuid to root by default (for developers/hackers) and packagers were supposed to change that to not be setid, and start gdomap as root at system boot time. But packagers weren't doing that. The installation is now changed to install non-setuid by default giving packagers more of an incentive to start gdomap properly.
Update of fake-main mechanism
The fake-main mechanism for obtaining program arguments and environment requires the library to link to the gnustep_user_main function in any program which uses it. This caused problems where a distribution packaging system refuses to allow unresolved link symbols in a library. The code was reworked to use a weak reference to a local function, avoiding this problem.

Version 1.21.0

This is an unstable release synchronized with the 1.20.0 stable release. There have been major changes and reorganizations to support, among other things, the new non-fragile ABI from clang. These changes, although they break binary compatibility with previous releases, should allow all future releases to maintain compatibility.

Objective-C 2
Add compatibility code for Objective-C 2.0 when it is not provided by the compiler or objc library. Some runtime wrappers for Objective-C have been deprecated in favour of new 2.0 API.
Additions library
Reorganized so all GNUstep extensions are in the Additions library files.
Mac OS X Compatibility
Various improvements for compatibility including use of NSInteger/NSUInteger/CGFloat
non-fragile ABI
Support added for this ABI from clang includes additions of an extra ivar for future expansion and hiding of ivars in some classes.
NSOperation
Complete NSOperation and NSOperationQueue (compatible with 10.6 apart from blocks).
Fast Enumeration
Support was added.
NSLock
Complete rewrite of NSLock so they are faster, more complete and OS X-compatible. NSLock now depends on POSIX threads.

Version 1.19.3

This is a new unstable snapshot release of the base library almost identical to 1.19.2 but containing a bugfix for the introduction of a change in the behavior of NSURL's -path method to match OSX. We add a new -fullPath method which returns the actual path of the URL the way the old -path implementation did. This is necessary because the OSX behavior is to strip any trailing '/' from a path so that it's no longer possible to reliably build a URL string from its component parts.

Version 1.19.2

This is a new unstable snapshot release of the base library. It may contain minor binary incompatibilities with the previous unstable release, but should generally work with software compiled for that release.

This is primarily intended as a bugfix release prior to major rewrite of NSLock code by David Chisnall. As such, most changes are bugfixes and performance tweaks. Some of the main ones are listed below.

NSCalendarDate
Add OSX compatible field widths in date formats.
NSCharacterSet
Uses a much more compact internal representation to decrease the memory footprint of applications which make extensive use of character sets.
NSFileHandle
Fixes for socket connections on mswindows.
NSRunLoop
Adds OSX compatibility changes with timers acting like input sources for determining blocking.
NSString
Performance improvements converting between 8bit and 16bit character representations.
NSURL
Support file URLs on mswindows. Include 'Host' header in requests to conform to W3C standards.
NSUserDefaults
Fixes for improved thread safety. Now stores to file in XML format.
Key Value Coding/Observing
Various improvements for OSX compatibility.

Version 1.19.1

A great deal of improvements have occurred recently. This includes many improvements in garbage collection (first to get it working again). Also many Mac OS X 10.5 methods and classes have been added, as well as compatibility improvements.

NSData
Implemented new Mac OS X methods for writing data.
NSFileManager
Fix -fileOwnerAccountID and -fileGroupOwnerAccountID to return the correct type.
NSHashTable, NSMapTable
New Mac OS X 10.5 API classes.
Garbage Collection
Get GC working again. Fixes in various classes to work better with GC.
Mac OS X 10.5 Return Types
Methods have been converted to use return types and arguments of NSInteger, NSUInteger and CGFloat. For now, these types are equivalent to the old types. This can be changed in NSObjCRuntime.h so that integer types are the same size as a pointer, and the float type is actually a double on 64bit processors.
NSArray
New methods for inserting objects with NSIndexSet

Version 1.19.0

This is a new unstable release of the base library. Note that gnustep-core is now installed in the LOCAL domain by default instead of the SYSTEM domain. You may want to remove old installations in the SYSTEM domain to avoid any incompatibility problems. Or you can force installation in SYSTEM using make GNUSTEP_INSTALLATION_DOMAIN=SYSTEM install.

NSBundle
Improve lookup of versioned library resources and improve location of resources based on the location of the executable under ms-windows.
NSConnection
Adds a new keepalive mechanism to check connections at periodic intervals to see if the other end is still there. This is enabled for message ports on ms-windows, where the operating system does not inform us when the other end goes away, and is not needed on the socket based connections on Unix.
NSException
Implement full support for native objective-c exceptions, though this requires a fix for the objc runtime which is not yet available in gcc. The patch for the runtime can be found at http://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=27466
NSTask
Adds a new method in a category in the Additions library ... The +launchPathForTool: method will locate a named tool by looking in all the standard locations in the USER, LOCAL, NETWORK and SYSTEM domains, and also by looking in PATH.
Portability and compatibility work
There are various minor changes to improve portability (both improved configuration/detection of system software and runtime improvements) to different operating systems such as 64bit ms-windows. There are also various improvements to MacOS-X compatibility.
@synchronize
Implementation of runtime support for @synchronize.

Version 1.15.4

This is an unstable release.

NSArray
New OSX method stubs.
NSAutoreleasePool
Dummy OSX method (-drain).
NSBundle
New OSX method stubs.
NSCoder
New OSX10.5 methods for NSInteger implemented.
NSConnection
New OSX10.5 methods for server connections implemented.
A keepalive facility so that daemons can tell (on mswindows) that all client processes have gone away, and shut themselves down.
NSData
New OSX method stubs.
NSException
Implement stack address reporting.
NSIndexSet
Add OSX10.5 stub for countOfIndexesInRange
NSKeyvalueObserving
OSX10.5 additions implemented
NSSet
Implemented new OSX methods.
NSStream
Implemented basic SSL/TLS support using gnu-TLS.
NSThread
Implemented new OSX methods.
NSLock, NSRecursiveLock, NSConditionLock
Implemented names.
GSXML, NSXMLParser
Fully support namespace handling and fix bugs.
NSKeyValueCoding, NSKeyValueObserving
Made fully functional and MacOS-X compatible.
Windows 64bit
Changes so that the library can be built/used for 64bit windows.
@synchronize
Support for new ObjC language feature.

The current emphasis of the base library is MacOS-X compatibility, and the headers in this release mark many non-MacOS-X methods as being scheduled for removal by the next unstable release (from 1.17.0).
These methods will mostly be moved to the 'additions' library, (which can be built stand-alone in conjunction with the Cocoa Foundation framework as libgnustep-baseadd on OSX) and their declarations will be in the headers of that library (<GNUstepBase/...>) rather than in the Foundation directory.
NB. The markup in the headers and documentation should not be assumed to be exhaustive ... it is planned that the next stable release of the base library will enforce MacOS-X compatibility by default, and you will have to explicitly include headers from <GNUstepBase/...> in order to use GNUstep specific additions.
You should track the unstable branch of the base library (subversion trunk) to find out what changes your software actually needs to make.

The TODO list for MacOS-X 10.5 compatibility follows, this is all stuff which would ideally be done by the next stable release of this library.

Version 1.15.3

This is an unstable release.

Configuration/NSUserDefaults
Syntax within the configuration file extended so that a leading '../' in a path name denotes a relative path in a relocatable installation.
New 'GlobalDefaults.plist' file in the same directory as the main GNUstep config file allows packagers/sysadmins to set up global defaults easily.
NSStream
Addition of TLS/SSL support using GNU TLS on both unix-like and mswindows systems. First draft.
Additions of SOCKS proxying support for socket streams. First draft.
NSURLConnection
Added support for https using new stream code.
Added support for basic and digest authentication.

Version 1.15.2

This is an unstable release. Bug fixes include improved thread safety and Key-Value observing.

NSException
New MacOS X methods and improved stack trace.
NSThread
New methods from Mac OS 10.5 and new ivars
NSDecimal and NSDecimalNumber
Many improvements

Version 1.15.1

This is an unstable release. There have been many bug fixes, but also a few method additions and changes to some headers. Also the license for this release is now GPLv3 and LGPLv3.

NSUserDefaults
Stores YES or NO as a string for MacOS X compatibility.
NSErrorRecoveryAttempting
Added header (and some support in the GUI library).
NSArray
Added some new methods to handle multiple objects.
Key-Value Coding
More support for key-value coding.
NSPredicate
Much improved parsing. Ivars have changed in some of the predicate classes.

Version 1.15.0

This is an unstable release from 1.14.0. It is otherwise identical to the 1.14.0 release. Releases in the 1.15 series may not be forward compatible with previous 1.15 releases.

Version 1.14.0

This is a stable release ... all programs linked with earlier versions of the library and wishing to use this latest stable release need to be rebuilt from source.
This release should be used in conjunction with the latest stable release of the other gnustep core components.

This release continues the process of cleanup and restructuring to further improve MacOS-X compatibility, fix bugs, optimize performance, and improve portability between different hardware/operating system platforms.

NSAffineTransform
Imported from GUI library for MacOS-X compatibility.
NSBundle
Implemented library resource versioning.
NSException
Support provision of stack trace information in exceptions.
NSObject
Fixes for lock contention with retain/release, so the performance of massively multi-threaded applications is much better.
NSNetServices
New MacOS-X class implemented.
NSPathUtilities
Uses new gnustep-make features to provide native filesystem integration.
NSPropertyList
XML property list parsing supported even if libxml2 not available.
NSSpellServer
Imported from GUI library for MacOS-X compatibility.
NSValueTransformer
New MacOS-X class implemented.

Version 1.13.1

This is a bugfix release improving the stability and security of applications using the base library. Programs dynamically linked with the existing stable release will automatically benefit from these changes once this version is installed.

NSBundle
Fix for crash when initializing the bundle system in an application linked with many frameworks.
NSCalendarDate
Fix for buffer overrun problem when initializing date from string. Also fixed to return nil when initializing from some illegal strings.
NSConnection
Some locking fixes to avoid rare deadlocks in heavily multi-threaded applications.
NSDecimalNumber
Fix to handle current locale properly when initializing.
NSIndexSet
Fix bug adding indexes in a range which lies within a range already in the set.
NSPropertyList
Fix problem writing negative numbers into old-style property list.
NSString
Fix for problem with keyed archiving of simple strings.
NSURL
Fix a potential repeated load of the same resource. Also fix to return nil when initialised with a string which does not contain a URL scheme.
NSURLHandle
Improve handling of persistent connections when the remote host drops the connection unexpectedly.
GSXML
Fix bug causing removal of newline characters from escaped strings. Fix error setting start end end element for SAX.

Version 1.13.0

Several sets of classes have been added for dealing with URLs and predicates. A few minor api changes have occurred as well.

Character sets
Character sets were improved with regard to ranges (Chinese characters, etc).
Keyed Archiving
Better compatibility with MacOSX. In particular, some guesses are made as to how some objects should be encoded.
GNUstep configuration file
Extra keys are allowed in the configuration file with the definition of the GNUSTEP_EXTRA key.
URL Loading
Headers and a basic framework for Apple's new URL loading scheme were added, although this is not fully implemented yet.
Objective-C++
Most of the code was updated to compile nicely with the new gcc objective-c++ compiler.
NSString designated initialiser
The GNUstep designated initialiser for the NSString class cluster has changed to -initWithBytesNoCopy:length:encoding:freeWhenDone: from -initWithCharactersNoCopy:length:freeWhenDone: and older code sub classing NSString will need to be updated.
NSBundle bundleWithIndentifier:
The NSBundle method +bundleWithIdentifier: was added.
NSPredicate
A basic implementation of the NSPredicate classes (NSPredicate, NSComparisonPredicate, NSCompoundPredicate, NSExpression) was added.
Stack traces
Support for getting stack traces via bfd was added experimentally. You have to define STACKTRACE when compiling base to get this.
Languages
Added new language files Esperanto, Korean, and Ukrainian.
Run loops
Removed the timeout facility for run loop watchers - you should use standard timers instead. The watcher interface is deprecated anyway.

Version 1.12.0

There have been a number of API changes and several methods have been depreciated in this release. Although current GNUstep programs that use these methods will still work in this version, there are enough changes that a new library version was considered useful.

NSCoder deprecated methods
Several methods using the old libObjects style scheme withName: are now deprecated. You can use the new NSKeyedArchiver and NSKeyedUnarchiver functionality to perform the same function in a much more portable way.
NSPortCoder, NSPortMessage private methods
The private method _components was removed from the public interface.
NSString -getCString:maxLength:encoding:
The return type of this function was changed to BOOL.
NSBundle deprecated and private methods
Several deprecated and private methods were removed from the public interface including +gnustepBundle, and +pathForGNUstepResource:ofType:inDirectory:.
NSNotificationCenter deprecated method
The GNUstep method setLockingDisabled: method was deprecated.
NSNotificationQueue private functions
Private functions GSNotifyASAP, GSNotifyIdle, and GSNotifyMore were removed from public interface.
NSRunLoop watcher API updates and other changes
We are starting to integrate the Cocoa NSStream classes into GNUstep, which allow you to do much the same things as the GNUstep-specific run loop watcher API was intended. At some point the watcher API will be deprecated as it will be redundant with NSStream functionality. Also the deprecated win32 specific methods for NSRunLoop were removed.
NSAttributedString deprecated method
The non-standard attributedSubstringWithRange: method (just a synonym for the real method) was deprecated.
NSConnection, NSDistantObject method removal
Several legacy methods from the original GNU Connection class were removed or moved to the additions category of the library.
NSAutoreleasePool private methods
The private method _endThread: was removed from the public interface.
NSPortNameServer private methods
Several private methods were removed from the public interface.
NSStream, NSIndexPath
New classes added to the library.
NSUserDefaults improvements
User defaults were restructured to create the defaults lazily and can be set to not write to an external file at all, for developers who wish to use the library as a stand-alone library or in other situations where using external resources is not desired.

Version 1.11.2

GNUstep.conf and relocation
Support for GNUstep.conf and relocation of the filesystem is much improved in this release.
Windows platform
The WM_QUIT message is now intercepted to allow an application to terminate cleanly.
NSMessagePort - Windows platform
NSMessagePort was implemented on Windows platforms.
NSOpenStepRootDirectory
This function has been un-deprecated, and the documentation clarified so it is easier to understand what it does and does not do.
GNUsteprc
Deprecated support for system-wide GNUsteprc files has been removed.

Version 1.11.1

NSSortDescriptor
New class.
NSStringFromPoint, NSStringFromRect, NSStringFromSize
Functions now output strings that can be read by old OpenStep implementations (but can also still be read by GNUstep and MacOSX).
Debugging support
More support for debugging on mingw, including writing logs to debugger and event viewer.

Version 1.11.0

The interface version of the base library has changed in this release. Applications, libraries and tools that wish to use this new version must be recompiled (otherwise, they'll use the older version of the library).

Window's changes
A lot of the behavior of path handling in the base library has changed with respect to Window's machines. Windows native paths are used throughout. The fileSystemRepresentation methods now use utf-16 as the external c-string representation on windows. The local to openstep and openstep to local methods are now deprecated and do nothing. Other changes to classes and class variables have also occurred (detailed below).
Path/Startup configuration
At the startup of any application or tool, GNUstep used to look at various environment variables in order to find the location of various data directories and other things. GNUstep still does this, but the environment variables are no longer required to find these files. In addition the configuration files used to override certain path behavior has been changed and expanded. See the base library documentation on GNUstep Configuration Files for more information.
NSCharacterSets
Character sets are included in the library itself instead of being loaded from a data file. Also, the NSBitmapCharSet API has been removed.
NSPathUtilities
Depreciated functions GSSystemRootDirectory and GSStandardPathPrefixes. In addition, beware of using the function NSOpenStepRoot, which may not necessarily return the information you need (see the documentation for this function for more info). Enumeration values for NSSearchPathDirectory have changed.
NSRunLoop
NSRunLoop and related classes now use native win32 event handling on Window's machines. See also GSFileHandle, NSSocketPort and NSMessagePort.
GSFileHandle
This GNUstep specific class has a new ivar on Windows.
NSSocketPort, NSMessagePort
This class has a new ivar on Windows.
NSPortNameServer
A one-time warning is printed concerning a future change in which nsconnections will only work between processes owned by the same account on the same machine, for MacOSX compatibility and security. If inter-host/user communication is desired, the developer will need to set this explicitly.
Keyed Encoding
Work was done in many classes to support keyed encoding. It may not be fully implemented in every class, however.

Version 1.10.3

This release includes a few minor bug fixes.

Version 1.10.2

This release is most likely the last release in this series, aside from possible bug fixes. It was was branched from CVS on Feb 22, 2005.

NSContainsRect behavior change
The definition of NSContainsRect has changed to correspond with the current Mac OS X/Cocoa definition. The sides of the bRect can touch aRect.
Unichar file paths
Windows supports unichar file paths, but there isn't really an API for handling this. GNUstep-specific methods for dealing with this have been added, NSFileManager's -localFromOpenStepPath and openStepPathFromLocal and equivalent methods for NSString. In most cases the Base library should handle this problem internally, but it's possible that there are cases where the developer wants to handle the file name explicitly with system-specific functions.
NSDictionaryErnumerator
Some ivars in NSDictionaryEnumerator have changed types, but the total storage space has not changed. This may cause problems if you access ivars directly, perhaps through a subclass.
NSNotification -setImmutablePost
This GNUstep extension method was removed.
NSPort extension methods
Unimplemented GNUstep extension methods -close, -outPackedClass, and +outPackedClass were removed.
NSTimeZone -abbreviationDictionary
NSTimeZone's abbreviation dictionary is now a proper one-to-one dictionary.

Version 1.10.1

Runtime version discovery of library
A developer can discover the version of the base library that is loaded using the NSBundle methods [[NSBundle bundleForLibrary: @"gnustep-base"] infoDictionary] and retrieving the GSBundleVersion key.
NSXMLParser class added
This is a Cocoa class that has been added for compatibility. The class is still alpha state.
NSArray makeObjectsPerformSelector:
The order of iteration through objects was changed to match Cocoa.
Designated initializer changes
The designated initializer for NSArray, NSDictionary, NSSet, and NSString for MacOS X compatibility. Like MacOS X, you can call [super init] to initialize the class from a subclass, although it is prefered that you use the designated initializer, with it's richer set of initializers.

Version 1.10.0

Interface version change
The interface version of the base library has changed in this release, as it will in all future releases with a new minor number (that's the second number in the release number). Applications, libraries and tools that wish to use this new version must be recompiled (otherwise, they'll use the older version of the library). There is no single reason for this change. Arguably, it should have been done long ago.
NSString clarification
The NSString documentation contains some clarification on the lifetime of returned NSString objects.
URL classes support persistent connections
The NSURLHandle and other classes have support for persistent connections.
NSMethodSignature clarification
Recent compiler releases have exposed a flaw in the way GNUstep gathers signature information. The documentation explains how the information for offset and registers may not be reliable.
Mac OS X compatibility
There have been many fixes in various classes for Mac OS X compatibility, particularly relating to XML encoding.

Version 1.9.2

GSMime parsing ignores extraneous data
When extraneous data is encountered in the input, it is ignored (and a warning logged) rather than adding it to the message body. Not sure this is right though, perhaps we should raise an exception or extend the api to return the extra data. Anyway, it's better than the previous behavior of adding the bad data to the parsed body.
New log functions GSOnceFlag and GSOnceMLog
Log messages the first time the code is executed. Typical usage is to log warnings about deprecated features.
NSError
New MacOSX compatibility class
GSObjCRuntime
Multiple new runtime functions that work with both GNU and Apple runtimes. These functions allow you to look at method lists, add and remove methods (for instance, if you want to make sure your method in a category overrides another method in a category).
NSProtocolChecker rewritten
Was previously almost non-functional.
autogsdoc
Support added for building frames structured documentation. Add the flag -MakeFrames YES to the autogsdoc command line.
Binary incompatibilities
NSUnarchiver, GSIMapTable have new ivars added to them. Tools and applications that use these classes may need to be recompiled after the new library is installed.