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New in spot 1.99.4a (not yet released)

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  Command-line tools:

  * autfilt has gained a --complement option.
    It currently work only for deterministic automata.

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  * By default, autfilt does not simplify automata (this has not
    changed), as if the --low --any options where used.  But now, if
    one of --small, --deterministic, or --any is given, the
    optimization level automatically defaults to --high (unless
    specified otherwise).  For symmetry, if one of --low, --medium, or
    --high is given, thn the translation intent defaults to --small
    (unless specified otherwise).

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  * ltlgrind FILENAME[/COL] is now the same as
    ltlgrind -F FILENAME[/COL] for consistency with ltlfilt.

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  * Rename dtgba_complement() as dtwa_complement(), rename the header
    as complement.hh, and restrict the purpose of this function to
    just complete the automaton and complement its acceptance
    condition.   Any further acceptance condition transformation
    can be done with to_generalized_buchi() or remove_fin().

  * The remove_fin() has learnt how to better deal with automata that
    are declared as weak.  This code was previously in
    dtgba_complement().

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  * scc_filter_states() has learnt to remove useless acceptance marks
    that are on transitions between SCCs, while preserving state-based
    acceptance.  The most visible effect is in the output of "ltl2tgba
    -s XXXa": it used to have 5 accepting states, it now has only one.
    (Changing removing acceptance of those 4 states has no effect on
    the language, but it speedup some algorithms like NDFS-based
    emptiness checks, as discussed in our Spin'15 paper.)

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  * The HOA parser will diagnose any version that is not v1, unless it
    looks like a subversion of v1 and no parse error was detected.

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  * Add bindings for complete() and dtwa_complement()
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  * Formulas now have a custom __format__ function.  See
    https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/tut01.html for examples.
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  * The Debian package is now compiled for all Python3 versions
    supported by Debian, not just the default one.
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  Bugs fixed:

  * Work around some strange weird exception raised when using the
    randltlgenerator under Python 3.5.
  * Recognize "nullptr" formulas as None in Python.
  * Fix compilation of bench/stutter/
  * Handle saturation of formula reference counts.
  * Fix typo in the Python code for the CGI server.
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  * "randaut -Q0 1" used to segfault.
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  * "ltlgrind -F FILENAME/COL" did not preserve other CSV columns.
  * "ltlgrind --help" did not document FORMAT.
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New in spot 1.99.4 (2015-10-01)
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  New features:

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  * autfilt's --sat-minimize now takes a "colored" option to constrain
    all transitions (or states) in the output automaton to belong to
    exactly one acceptance sets.  This is useful when targeting parity
    acceptance.
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  * autfilt has a new --product-or option.  This builds a synchronized
    product of two (completed of needed) automata in order to
    recognize the *sum* of their languages.  This works by just using
    the disjunction of their acceptance conditions (with appropriate
    renumbering of the acceptance sets).

    For consistency, the --product option (that builds a synchronized
    product that recognizes the *intersection* of the languages) now
    also has a --product-and alias.

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  * the parser for ltl2dstar's format has been merged with the parser
    for the other automata formats.  This implies two things:
    - autfilt and dstar2tgba (despite its name) can now both read
      automata written in any of the four supported syntaxes
      (ltl2dstar's, lbtt's, HOA, never claim).
    - "dstar2tgba some files..." now behaves exactly like
      "autfilt --tgba --high --small some files...".
      (But dstar2tgba does not offer all the filtering and
      transformations options of autfilt.)

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  Major code changes and reorganization:

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  * The class hierarchy for temporal formulas has been entirely
    rewritten.  This change is actually quite massive (~13200 lines
    removed, ~8200 lines added), and brings some nice benefits:
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    - LTL/PSL formulas are now represented by lightweight formula
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      objects (instead of pointers to children of an abstract
      formula class) that perform reference counting automatically.
    - There is no hierachy anymore: all operators are represented by
      a single type of node in the syntax tree, and an enumerator is
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      used to distinguish between operators.
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    - Visitors have been replaced by member functions such as map()
      or traverse(), that take a function (usually written as a
      lambda function) and apply it to the nodes of the tree.
    - As a consequence, writing algorithms that manipulate formula
      is more friendly, and several algorithms that spanned a few
      pages have been reduced to a few lines.
    The page https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/tut03.html illustrates the
    new interface, in both C++ and Python.
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  * Directories ltlast/, ltlenv/, and ltlvisit/, have been merged into
    a single tl/ directory (for temporal logic).  This is motivated by
    the fact that these formulas are not restricted to LTL, and by the
    fact that we no longuer use the "visitor" pattern.

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  * The LTL/PSL parser is now declared in tl/parse.hh (instead of
    ltlparse/public.hh).

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  * The spot::ltl namespace has been merged with the spot namespace.

  * The dupexp_dfs() function has been renamed to copy(), and has
    learned to preserve named states if required.

  * Atomic propositions can be declared without going through an
    environment using the spot::formula::ap() static function.  They
    can be registered for an automaton directly using the
    spot::twa::register_ap() method.  The vector of atomic
    propositions used by an automaton can now be retrieved using the
    spot::twa::ap() method.
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New in spot 1.99.3 (2015-08-26)
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  * The CGI script for LTL translation offers a HOA download link
    for each generated automaton.

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  * The html documentation now includes a HTML copies of the man
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    pages, and HTML copies of the Python notebooks.
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  * scc_filter(aut, true) does not remove Fin marks from rejecting
    SCCs, but it now does remove Fin marks from transitions between
    SCCs.

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  * All the unabbreviation functions (unabbreviate_ltl(),
    unabbreviate_logic(), unabbreviate_wm()) have been merged into a
    single unabbreviate() function that takes a string representing
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    the list of operators to remove among "eFGiMRW^" where 'e', 'i',
    and '^' stand respectively for <->, ->, and xor.
    This feature is also available via ltlfilt --unabbreviate.
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  * In LTL formulas, atomic propositions specified using double-quotes
    can now include \" and \\.  (This is more consistent with the HOA
    format, which already allows that.)

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  * All the conversion routines that were written specifically for
    ltl2dstar's output format (DRA->BA & DRA->TGBA) have been ported
    to the new TωA structure supporting the HOA format.  The DRA->TGBA
    conversion was reimplemented in the previous release, and the
    DRA->BA conversion has been reimplemented in this release (but it
    is still restricted to state-based acceptance).  All these
    conversions are called automatically by to_generalized_buchi()
    or remove_fin() so there should be no need to call them directly.

    As a consequence:
    - "autfilt --remove-fin" or "autfilt -B" is better at converting
      state-based Rabin automata: it will produce a DBA if the input is
      deterministic and DBA-realizable, but will preserve as much
      determinism as possible otherwise.
    - a lot of obsolete code that was here only to support the old
      conversion routines has been removed.  (The number of lines
      removed by this release is twice the number of lines added.)
    - ltlcross now uses automata in ltl2dstar's format directly,
      without converting them to Büchi (this makes the statistics
      reported in CSV files more relevant).
    - ltlcross no longer outputs additional columns about the size
      of the input automaton in the case ltl2dstar's format is used.
    - ltldo uses results in ltl2dstar's format directly, without
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      converting them to Büchi.
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    - dstar2tgba has been greatly simplified and now uses the
      same output routines as all the other tools that output
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      automata.  This implies a few minor semantic changes, for
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      instance --stats=%A used to output the number of acceptance
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      *pairs* in the input automaton, while it now outputs the
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      number of acceptance sets like in all the other tools.

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  * Bugs fixed
    - Some acceptance conditions like Fin(0)|Fin(1)|Fin(2)&Inf(3)
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      were not detected as generalized-Rabin.
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    - Unknown arguments for print_hoa() (i.e., option -H in command-line
      tools) are now diagnosed.
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    - The CGI script for LTL translation now forces transition-based
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      acceptance on WDBA-minimized automata when TGBA is requested.
    - ltlgrind --help output had some options documented twice, or
      in the wrong place.
    - The man page for ltlcross had obsolete examples.
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    - When outputting atomic propositions in double quotes, the
      escaping routine used by the two styles of LaTeX output was
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      slightly wrong.  For instance ^ was incorrectly escaped, and
      the double quotes where not always properly rendered.
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    - A spurious assertion was triggered by streett_to_generalized_buchi(),
      but only when compiled in DEBUG mode.
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    - LTL formula rewritten in Spin's syntax no longer have their ->
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      and <-> rewritten away.
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    - Fix some warnings reported by the development version of GCC 6.
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    - The spot.translate() function of the Python binding had a typo
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      preventing the use of 'low'/'medium'/'high' as argument.
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    - Fix spurious failure of uniq.test under different locales.
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    - ltlcross now recovers from out-of-memory errors during
      state-space products.
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    - bitvect.test was failing on 32bit architectures with
      assertions enabled because of a bug in the test case.
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New in spot 1.99.2 (2015-07-18)
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  * The scc_info object, used to build a map of SCCs while gathering
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    additional information, has been simplified and speed up.  One
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    test case where ltlcross would take more than 13min (to check the
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    translation of one PSL formula) now takes only 75s.
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  * streett_to_generalized_buchi() is a new function that implements
    what its name suggests, with some SCC-based optimizations over the
    naive definition.  It is used by the to_generalized_buchi() and
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    remove_fin() functions when the input automaton is a Streett
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    automaton with more than 3 pairs (this threeshold can be changed
    via the SPOT_STREETT_CONV_MIN environment variable -- see the
    spot-x(7) man page for details).

    This is mainly useful to ltlcross, which has to get rid of "Fin"
    acceptance to perform its checks.  As an example, the Streett
    automaton generatated by ltl2dstar (configured with ltl2tgba) for
    the formula
      !((GFa -> GFb) & (GFc -> GFd))
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    has 4307 states and 14 acceptance sets.  The new algorithm can
    translate it into a TGBA with 9754 states and 7 acceptance sets,
    while the default approch used for converting any acceptance
    to TGBA would produce 250967 states and 7 acceptance sets.
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  * Bugs fixed:
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    - p[+][:*2] was not detected as belonging to siPSL.
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    - scc_filter() would incorrectly remove Fin marks from
      rejecting SCCs.
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    - the libspotltsmin library is installed.
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    - ltlcross and ltldo did not properly quote atomic propositions
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      and temporary file names containing a single-quote.
    - a missing Python.h is now diagnosed at ./configure time, with
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      the suggestion to either install python3-devel, or run
      ./configure --disable-python.
    - Debian packages for libraries have been split from
      the main Spot package, as per Debian guidelines.
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New in spot 1.99.1 (2015-06-23)
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  * Major changes motivating the jump in version number

    - Spot now works with automata that can represent more than
      generalized Büchi acceptance.  Older versions were built around
      the concept of TGBA (Transition-based Generalized Büchi
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      Automata) while this version now deals with what we call TωA
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      (Transition-based ω-Automata).  TωA support arbitrary acceptance
      conditions specified as a Boolean formula of transition sets
      that must be visited infinitely often or finitely often.  This
      genericity allows for instance to represent Rabin or Streett
      automata, as well as some generalized variants of those.

    - Spot has near complete support for the Hanoi Omega Automata
      format.  http://adl.github.io/hoaf/  This formats supports
      automata with the generic acceptance condition described above,
      and has been implemented in a number of third-party tools (see
      http://adl.github.io/hoaf/support.html) to ease their
      interactions.  The only part of the format not yet implemented in
      Spot is the support for alternating automata.

    - Spot is now compiling in C++11 mode.  The set of C++11 features
      we use requires GCC >= 4.8 or Clang >= 3.5.  Although GCC 4.8 is
      more than 2-year old, people with older installations won't be
      able to install this version of Spot.

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    - As a consequence of the switches to C++11 and to TωA, a lot of
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      the existing C++ interfaces have been renamed, and sometime
      reworked.  This makes this version of Spot not backward
      compatible with Spot 1.2.x.  See below for the most important
      API changes.  Furtheremore, the reason this release is not
      called Spot 2.0 is that we have more of those changes planned.

    - Support for Python 2 was dropped.  We now support only Python
      3.2 or later.  The Python bindings have been improved a lot, and
      include some conveniance functions for better integration with
      IPython's rich display system.  User familiar with IPython's
      notebook should have a look at the notebook files in
      wrap/python/tests/*.ipynb

  * Major news for the command-line tools

    - The set of tools installed by spot now consists in the following
      11 commands.  Those marked with a '+' are new in this release.

      - randltl    Generate random LTL/PSL formulas.
      - ltlfilt    Filter and convert LTL/PSL formulas.
      - genltl     Generate LTL formulas from scalable patterns.
      - ltl2tgba   Translate LTL/PSL formulas into Büchi automata.
      - ltl2tgta   Translate LTL/PSL formulas into Testing automata.
      - ltlcross   Cross-compare LTL/PSL-to-Büchi translators.
      + ltlgrind   Mutate LTL/PSL formula.
      - dstar2tgba Convert deterministic Rabin or Streett automata into Büchi.
      + randaut    Generate random automata.
      + autfilt    Filter and convert automata.
      + ltldo      Run LTL/PSL formulas through other tools.

      randaut does not need any presentation: it does what you expect.

      ltlgrind is a new tool that mutates LTL or PSL formulas.  If you
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      have a tool that is bogus on some formula that is too large to
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      debug, you can use ltlgrind to generate smaller derived formulas
      and see if you can reproduce the bug on those.

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      autfilt is a new tool that processes a stream of automata.  It
      allows format conversion, filtering automata based on some
      properties, and general transformations (e.g., change of
      acceptance conditions, removal of useless states, product
      between automata, etc.).

      ltldo is a new tool that runs LTL/PSL formulas through other
      tools, but uses Spot's command-line interfaces for specifying
      input and output.  This makes it easier to use third-party tool
      in a pipe, and it also takes care of some necessary format
      conversion.

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    - ltl2tgba has a new option, -U, to produce unambiguous automata.
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      In unambiguous automata any word is recognized by at most one
      accepting run, but there might be several ways to reject a word.
      This works for LTL and PSL formulas.
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    - ltl2tgba has a new option, -S, to produce generalized-Büchi
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      automata with state-based acceptance.  Those are obtained by
      converting some transition-based GBA into a state-based GBA, so
      they are usually not as small as one would wish.  The same
      option -S is also supported by autfilt.

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    - ltlcross will work with translator producing automata with any
      acceptance condition, provided the output is in the HOA format.
      So it can effectively be used to validate tools producing Rabin
      or Streett automata.

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        --grind attempts to reduce the size of any bogus formula it
        discovers, while still exhibiting the bug.
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        --ignore-execution-failures ignores cases where a translator
        exits with a non-zero status.
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	--automata save the produced automata into the CSV or JSON
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        file.  Those automata are saved using the HOA format.
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      ltlcross will also output two extra columns in its CSV/JSON
      output: "ambiguous_aut" and "complete_aut" are Boolean
      that respectively tells whether the automaton is
      ambiguous and complete.
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      The implementation is actually much more efficient
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    - ltlfilt's old -q/--quiet option has been renamed to
      --ignore-errors.  The new -q/--quiet semantic is the
      same as in grep (and also autfilt): disable all normal
      input, for situtations where only the exit status matters.

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    - ltlfilt's old -n/--negate option can only be used as --negate
      now.  The short '-n NUM' option is now the same as the new
      --max-count=N option, for consistency with other tools.

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    - ltlfilt has a new --count option to count the number of matching
      automata.

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    - ltlfilt has a new --exclusive-ap option to constrain formulas
      based on a list of mutually exclusive atomic propositions.

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    - ltlfilt has a new option --define to be used in conjunction with
      --relabel or --relabel-bool to print the mapping between old and
      new labels.

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    - all tools that produce formulas or automata now have an --output
      (a.k.a. -o) option to redirect that output to a file instead of
      standard output.  The name of this file can be constructed using
      the same %-escape sequences that are available for --stats or
      --format.

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    - all tools that output formulas have a -0 option to separate
      formulas with \0.  This helps in conjunction with xargs -0.

    - all tools that output automata have a --check option that
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      request extra checks to be performed on the output to fill
      in properties values for the HOA format.  This options
      implies -H for HOA output.  For instance
      	ltl2tgba -H 'formula'
      will declare the output automaton as 'stutter-invariant'
      only if the formula is syntactically stutter-invariant
      (e.g., in LTL\X).  With
        ltl2tgba --check 'formula'
      additional checks will be performed, and the automaton
      will be accurately marked as either 'stutter-invariant'
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      or 'stutter-sensitive'.  Another check performed by
      --check is testing whether the automaton is unambiguous.
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    - ltlcross (and ltldo) have a list of hard-coded shorthands
      for some existing tools.  So for instance running
      'ltlcross spin ...' is the same as running
      'ltlcross "spin -f %s>%N" ...'.   This feature is much
      more useful for ltldo.

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    - For options that take an output filename (i.e., ltlcross's
      --save-bogus, --grind, --csv, --json) you can force the file
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      to be opened in append mode (instead of being truncated) by
      by prefixing the filename with ">>".  For instance
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      	  --save-bogus=">>bugs.ltl"
      will append to the end of the file.

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  * Other noteworthy news

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    - The web site moved to http://spot.lrde.epita.fr/.

    - We now have Debian packages.
      See http://spot.lrde.epita.fr/install.html

    - The documentation now includes some simple code examples
      for both Python and C++.  (This is still a work in progress.)

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    - The curstomized version of BuDDy (libbdd) used by Spot has be
      renamed as (libbddx) to avoid issues with copies of BuDDy
      already installed on the system.

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    - There is a parser for the HOA format
      (http://adl.github.io/hoaf/) available as a
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      spot::automaton_stream_parser object or spot::parse_aut()
      function.  The former version is able to parse a stream of
      automata in order to do batch processing.  This format can be
      output by all tools (since Spot 1.2.5) using the --hoa option,
      and it can be read by autfilt (by default) and ltlcross (using
      the %H specifier).  The current implementation does not support
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      alternation.  Multiple initial states are converted into an
      extra initial state; complemented acceptance sets Inf(!x) are
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      converted to Inf(x); explicit or implicit labels can be used;
      aliases are supported; "--ABORT--" can be used in a stream.
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    - The above HOA parser can also parse never claims, and LBTT
      automata, so the never claim parser and the LBTT parser have
      been removed.  This implies that autfilt can input a mix of HOA,
      never claims, and LBTT automata.  ltlcross also use the same
      parser for all these output, and the old %T and %N specifiers
      have been deprecated and replaced by %O (for output).
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    - While not all algorithms in the library are able to work with
      any acceptance condition supported by the HOA format, the
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      following two new functions mitigate that:
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      - remove_fin() takes a TωA whose accepting condition uses Fin(x)
	primitive, and produces an equivalent TωA without Fin(x):
	i.e., the output acceptance is a disjunction of generalized
	Büchi acceptance.  This type of acceptance is supported by
	SCC-based emptiness-check, for instance.

      - similarly, to_tgba() converts any TωA into an automaton with
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      and transitions of an automaton.  It can be used from the
      command-line using "autfilt --randomize".
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      [:*i..j] is to the fusion operator ':' what [*i..j] is to the
      concatenation operator ';'.  For instance (a*;b)[:*3] is the
      same as (a*;b):(a*;b):(a*;b).  The operator [:+], is syntactic
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      states, or uses named-states).  The --dot option of the various
      command-line tools takes an optional parameter to fine-tune the
      GraphViz output (including vertical layout, forced circular or
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      sets).  The environment variables SPOT_DOTDEFAULT and
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      atomic statements for terminal acceptance).  The default output
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      new style can be requested from command-line tools using option
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      whether an automaton is unambigous, and this is used by
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      has been updated to work with ω-Automaton with any acceptance.
      The input and the output acceptance can be different, so for
      instance it is possible to create a minimal deterministic
      Streett automaton starting from a deterministic Rabin automaton.
      This functionnality is available via autfilt's --sat-minimize
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      This includes functions, classes, file, and directory names.
      For instance the class tgba originally defined in tgba/tgba.hh,
      has been replaced by the class twa defined in twa/twa.hh.

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      efficient twa_graph class.  Many of the algorithms that were
      written against the abstract tgba (now twa) interface have been
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	     //     i->current_condition()
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	- tgba::neg_acceptance_conditions()
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      parsers should be called parse_something() (they haven't yet
      all been renamed).

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      src/tests/.  The testing tool that was called
      src/tgbatest/ltl2tgba has been renamed as src/tests/ikwiad
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      includes the tgba_bdd_concrete class and associated supporting
      classes, as well as the ltl_to_tgba_lacim() LTL translation
      algorithm.  Historically, this TGBA implementation and LTL
      translation were the first to be implemented in Spot (by
      mistake!) and this resulted in many bad design decisions.  In
      practice they were of no use as we only work with explicit
      automata (i.e. not symbolic) in Spot, and those produced by
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      translation was a purely-based BDD encoding producing huge
      automata (when viewed explictely), using the above and non
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    - Input and output in the old, Spot-specific, text format for
      TGBA, has been fully removed.  We now use HOA everywhere.  (In
      case you have a file in this format, install Spot 1.2.6 and use
      "src/tgbatest/ltl2tgba -H -X file" to convert the file to HOA.)

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      via checks on random formulaes.  (The bug was very unlikely
      to trigger on non-random formulas, because it requires a SERE
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    - When the automaton resulting from the translation of a positive
      formula is deterministic, ltlcross will compute its complement
      to perform additional checks against other translations of the
      positive formula.  The same procedure should be performed with
      automata obtained from negated formulas, but because of a typo
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      from the git repository, or if you want to edit the
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      LTL->TGBA translation used to be dependent on the implementation
      of the STL.  This is now fixed.
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      the assignment of std::set, and that was triggered in two places
      in Spot.  The workaround (not assigning sets) is actually more
      efficient, so we can consider it as a bug fix, even though
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    - The online ltl2tgba translator will automatically attempt to
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      output automata in the Hanoï Omega Automaton Format whose
      current draft is at http://adl.github.io/hoaf/
      The corresponding C++ function is spot::hoaf_reachable() in
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      formula for which a problem (other than timeout) was detected
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      of the M operator (you may suffer from the bug even if you do
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      f is unsatisifable.  A similar bug was fixed for {f} in Spot
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      formula in bright white, to make them stand out.  It turns out
      this was actually hiding the formulas for people using a
      terminal with white background... This version displays formula
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      generate nearly the same list of formulas, shifted by one,
      because the PRNG write reset with an incremented seed between
      each output formula.  The PRNG is now reset only once.
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    - "-B -x degen-lskip" can be used to disable level-skipping in the
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      type of level caching during degeneralization.

  * Bug fixes:

    - Change the Python bindings to make them compatible with Swig 3.0.
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    - Fix four incorrect formula-simplification rules, three were
      related to the factorization of Boolean subformulas in
      operands of the non-length-matching "&" SERE operator, and
      a fourth one could only be enabled by explicitely passing the
      favor_event_univ option to the simplifier (not the default).
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    - The SPOT_SATLOG environment variable can be set to a filename to
      obtain statistics about the different iterations of the
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    - The bench/dtgbasat/ benchmark has been updated to use SPOT_SATLOG
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      variable has been changed to "glucose -verb=0 -model %I >%O".
      This assumes that glucose 3.0 is installed.   For older
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    - randltl had trouble generating formulas when all unary, or
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      (It would sometimes produce different equivalent automata,
      because of a different encoding order.)
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      that is installed with MacOS X 10.9.
    - Fix VPATH builds when building from the git repository.
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    - Fix compilation *and* behavior of bitvectors on 32-bit
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    - Fix some compilation errors observed using the antique G++ 4.0.1.
    - Fix compatibility with Python 3 in the test suite.
    - Fix a couple of new clang warnings (like "unused private member").
    - Add some missing #includes that are not included indirectly
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    - Fix a memory leak in the ELTL parser, and avoid some unnecessary
      calls to strlen() at the same time.

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      For instance
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      print "small" in output files.
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      columns: exit_status and exit_code, used to report failures of
      the translator.  If the translation failed, only the time is
      reported, and the rest of the statistics, which are missing,
      area left empty (in CVS) or null (in JSON).  A new option,
      --omit-missing can be used to remove lines for failed
      translations, and remove these two columns.
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      separately instead of being averaged.
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      or Rabin automata (as specified with %D), then the statistics
      output in CSV or JSON will have some extra columns to report
      the size of these input automata before ltlcross converts them
      into TGBA to perform its regular checks.
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      from CSV files.  Use option -F FILE/COL to read formulas from
      column COL of FILE.  Use -F FILE/-COL if the first line of
      FILE be ignored.
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      the rewriten formula.  The new escape sequence %< (text in
      columns before the formula) and %> (text after) can be used
      with the --format option to alter this output.
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      compliant: it no longuer output useless cosmetic spaces, and
      use double-quotes with proper escaping for strings.  The only
      RFC 4180 rule that it does not follow is that it will terminate
      lines with \n instead of \r\n because the latter cause issues
      with a couple of tools.
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    - ltlcross has a new option --color to color its output.  It is
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      additional intersection checks.  This is complementation is done
      only for deterministic automata (because that is cheap) and can
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      deterministic Rabin or Streett automaton (expressed in the
      output format of ltl2dstar) into a TGBA, BA or Monitor.

      In the case of Rabin acceptance, the conversion will output a
      deterministic Büchi automaton if one such automaton exist.  Even
      if no such automaton exists, the conversion will actually
      preserves the determinism of any SCC that can be kept
      deterministic.

      In the case of Streett acceptance, the conversion produces
      non-deterministic Büchi automata with Generalized acceptance.
      These are then degeneralized if requested.
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    - The %S escape sequence used by ltl2tgba --stats to display the
      number of SCCs in the output automaton has been renamed to %c.
      This makes it more homogeneous with the --stats option of the
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      output automaton is complete, and the %r escape will give the
      number of seconds spent building the output automaton (excluding
      the time spent parsing the input).
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    - ltl2tgba, ltl2tgta, and dstar2tgba have a --complete option
      to output complete automata.

    - ltl2tgba, ltl2tgta, and dstar2tgba can use a SAT-solver to
      minimize deterministic automata.  Doing so is only needed on
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      properties that are stronger than obligations (for obligations
      our WDBA-minimization procedure will return a minimimal
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      deterministic automaton more efficiently) and is disabled by
      default.  See the spot-x(7) man page for documentation about the
      related options: sat-minimize, sat-states, sat-acc, state-based.
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    - ltlfilt, genltl, and randltl now have a --latex option to output
      formulas in a way that its easier to embed in a LaTeX document.
      Each operator is output as a command such as \U, \F, etc.
      doc/tl/spotltl.sty gives one possible definition for each macro.
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    - ltlfilt, genltl, and randltl have a new --format option to
      indicate how to present the output formula, possibly with
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    - ltlfilt as a new option, --relabel-bool, to abstract independent
      Boolean subformulae as if they were atomic propositions.
      For instance "a & GF(c | d) & b & X(c | d)" would be rewritten
      as "p0 & GF(p1) & Xp1".

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    - dtba_sat_synthetize(): Use a SAT-solver to build an equivalent
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    - dtba_sat_minimize(), dtba_sat_minimize_dichotomy(): Iterate
      dtba_sat_synthetize() to reduce the number of states of a TBA.
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    - dtgba_sat_synthetize(), dtgba_sat_minimize(),
      dtgba_sat_minimize_dichotomy(): Likewise, for deterministic TGBA.
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    - tgba_complete(): Complete an automaton by adding a sink state
      if needed.

    - dtgba_complement(): Complement a deterministic TGBA.

    - satsolver(): Run an (external) SAT solver, honoring the
      SPOT_SATSOLVER environment variable if set.
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