NEWS for bsd-games and bsd-games-non-free
This file contains a summary of changes in each version of bsd-games
and bsd-games-non-free after 1.3. For fuller details, see ChangeLog
As well as reading this summary, it is a good idea to reread the
INSTALL file whenever installing a new version, to check for any
changes in installation instructions. Packagers should also reread
the PACKAGING file each version (or do a diff between the old and new
versions of the package and read that).
* New build system, using a single project Makefile (autogenerated)
that includes makefile fragments from subdirectories, and uses GNU
Make's automatic dependency generation to generate dependencies
automatically, rather than recursive make. See Peter Miller's paper
`Recursive Make Considered Harmful'
for reasons why this is better than recursive make. This should make
no difference to normal users, but if you modify the sources note that
you will need to rebuild from the top directory, and you may find that
the dependencies are now accurate whereas formerly they were
incomplete. The automatic dependency generation causes the build to
start with about 300 `no such file or directory' warnings, which
should be ignored: these refer to the dependency files which GNU Make
will then automatically generate.
* Should work with glibc 2.1 (at least, version 2.0.96 on x86, which
is what I've tested). See the ChangeLog for an explanation of the
problem previous releases had with glibc 2.1.
* Boggle is now in the main bsd-games package - Paul Janzen checked
with the original author, who confirmed that the BSD licence
superseded the old non-free one. bsd-games-non-free now only contains
* Other minor changes.
* Various minor bug fixes and improvements (some from OpenBSD, thanks
to Paul Janzen <email@example.com>).
* Sail directory can now be non-world-accessible (mode 2770 root.games
or similar). This may improve security, since it means users cannot
tamper with sync files their sail process creates.
* Rogue buffer overrun fix. An audit is still needed.
* dm now ignores the environment variable TZ when deciding at what
times games can be played. (This only affects you if you are using dm
to control at what times games can be played, and not then if you are
using libc 5.4.45 or 5.4.46 (which completely ignore TZ in setgid
programs rather than checking the validity of any filename given as
* All games updated from NetBSD-current of 1998-08-30 (minor changes;
some more of my changes have been merged back into NetBSD).
* A possible temporary file security bug in sail fixed.
* Countmail is back, with a licence (apparently the standard NetBSD
one), since it has one in NetBSD-current of 1998-08-19.
* All the other games updated from NetBSD-current of 1998-08-19 (minor
* Other minor changes.
* Version 2.2 was never properly released, since the upload to sunsite
was truncated and the sail hole was found before the truncated file
had been removed or the release put in place on tsx-11.
* Another bug-fix release.
* This version includes security fixes from OpenBSD.
* This release is believed year 2000 compliant. Please see the year
2000 statement in the file YEAR2000 for details and disclaimer.
* Paranoia has been removed from bsd-games-non-free, since it has no
clear licence at all, and being derived from a magazine article it is
not clear it was ever legally distributable. Anyone wanting to
resurrect it in a separate package would need to investigate the
copyright on the magazine article as well as getting a proper licence
from the author.
* Countmail has been removed from bsd-games because of the lack of a
* All other games updated from NetBSD-current of 1998-07-27 (very
* Default paths now follow FHS 2.0 - enter the paths you want when
running configure if you are using the FSSTND 1.2.
* You can now easily specify games you don't want built when running
* All games that can invoke pagers handle PAGER in the way specified
by POSIX.2 for standard programs that invoke pagers.
* Rogue bug fix from Bill Lash <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
* Other bug fixes.
* Information for those packaging bsd-games or bsd-games-non-free for
a Linux distribution is in the file PACKAGING.
* This is mainly a bug-fix release.
* All games updated to NetBSD-current as of 1998-03-21 (except for
paranoia). The changes are mostly minor, replacing warning fixes
local to bsd-games with ones now in NetBSD.
* Some bugs fixed, and most of the additional warnings given by the
current egcs snapshot fixed as well.
* Configuration / installation change - to strip the installed
binaries, use `make install-strip' instead of `make install'; this
replaces the configuration option for `make install' to strip the
* Manpages for wargames and paranoia, thanks to Joey Hess
* Battlestar save file name can be chosen at runtime, and defaults to
`.Bstar' instead of `Bstar' for cleaner directory listings.
* All games updated to NetBSD-current as of 1997-12-12 (except for
paranoia). Hunt and boggle are now based on the NetBSD versions.
* Many bugs fixed.
* Added countmail.
* Better libc6 support - adventure should now work.
* No longer uses libbsd with libc5.
* Nearly warning-free compile with -Wall -W -Wstrict-prototypes
* Hunt now uses internet domain sockets (untested).
* All games updated to NetBSD-current as of 1997-07-12 (except for
bog, hunt and paranoia).
* Added adventure, banner, dm, phantasia, pig, quiz, random and rogue.
(Rogue is in bsd-games-non-free only).
* BETA level libc6 support. (It may not yet compile, but should be
nearer to compiling with libc6 than version 1.4.)
* Fish, fortune and hangman updated to the versions in NetBSD-current.
* Public release.
* Bug fix in backgammon.
* Backgammon, battlestar, bcd, caesar, canfield, cribbage and factor
updated to the versions in NetBSD-current. As a side-effect, caesar
now installs a `rot13' script.
* Tetris score file now defaults to tetris-bsd.scores for consistency
with using tetris-bsd in the names of files installed from tetris.
(The rationale of this is that there is more than one Tetris game and
this one should not presume to be the one that takes the
/usr/games/tetris name; that should be a decision for the
administrator, who can reasonably install more than one Tetris game.)
Nor should other files such as the man page or score file potentially
conflict with other Tetris games. Of course, you can configure the
package to use the old score file name (or any other) if you want.
* Non-free package now contains all the files required to build on its
own. It can now be built on its own, or in the same source tree as
bsd-games; the files that appear in both are exact duplicates.
* Bug-fixes in backgammon and sail.
* Non-free games (bog and paranoia) now distributed separately -
unpack both source packages together before configuring if you want to
* Configuration script improved: now the default list of games to
build is the list of subdirectories, and you can configure the exact
paths to score files and data files for individual games using it - so
they are always correctly substituted in the manpages.
* Bug-fixes in backgammon, snake and worm.
* Arithmetic and atc updated to the versions in NetBSD-current.
* Now works with libc 5 ;-).
* Debian patches from Joey Hess <email@example.com> mostly
integrated up to Debian version 1.3-7.
* New ports of tetris and gomoku, thanks to David Frey
* Distributed as source only.
* Many bug-fixes to battlestar.
* Configuration script, now substitutes correct paths in manpages.
* Defaults hopefully closer to FSSTND/FHS.
* Builds with ncurses by default. Curses/termcap are obsolete and no
longer supported (not that this package is supported anyway ;-)).