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New in spot 2.4.0.dev (not yet released)

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  - genltl learned to generate a new family of formulas, taken from
    the SYNTCOMP competition on reactive synthesis:
    --gf-equiv=RANGE      (GFa{1} & GFa{2} & ... & GFa{n}) <-> GFz

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  - genltl learned to generate 4 new families of formulas, taken
    from Müller & Sickert's GandALF'17 paper:
    --ms-example=RANGE     GF(a1&X(a2&X(a3&...)))&F(b1&F(b2&F(b3&...)))
    --ms-phi-h=RANGE       FG(a|b)|FG(!a|Xb)|FG(a|XXb)|FG(!a|XXXb)|...
    --ms-phi-r=RANGE       (FGa{n}&GFb{n})|((FGa{n-1}|GFb{n-1})&(...))
    --ms-phi-s=RANGE       (FGa{n}|GFb{n})&((FGa{n-1}&GFb{n-1})|(...))
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  - autfilt learned --streett-like to convert an automaton in order to
    have a Streett-like acceptance condition. It only works with
    ω-automata having an acceptance in disjunctive normal form.

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  - autfilt learned --dca to convert a Streett-like automaton or an
    automaton with an acceptance in disjunctive normal form to a
    deterministic co-Büchi automaton using the new functions
    [nsa-dnf]_to_dca() described below.

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  - ltlfilt learned to measure wall-time using --format=%r.

  - ltlfilt learned to measure cpu-time (as opposed to wall-time) using
    --format=%R. User or system time, for children or parent, can be
    measured separately by adding additional %[LETTER]R options.
    The difference between %r (wall-clock time) and %R (CPU time) can
    also be used to detect unreliable measurements. See
      https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/oaut.html#timing

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  - Rename three methods of spot::scc_info. New names are clearer. The
    old names have been deprecated.

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  - The new function scc_info::states_on_acc_cycle_of() is able to
    return all states visited by any accepting cycles of the
    specified SCC. It must only be called on automata with a
    Streett-like acceptance condition.

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  - The new function dnf_to_streett() is able to convert any automaton
    with an acceptance condition in Disjunctive Normal Form to a
    Streett-like automaton. This is used by the new option
    '--streett-like' of autfilt.

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  - The new functions spot::nsa_to_[nca-dca]()
    (or spot::dnf_to_[nca-dca]()) are able to convert when possible a
    Streett-like automaton (or any automaton with an acceptance in DNF)
    to an equivalent 'nca' (nondeterministic co-Büchi automaton) or
    'dca' (deterministic co-Büchi automaton).  Actually the resulting
    automaton will always recognize at least the same language.  It can
    recognize more if the original language can not be expressed with
    a co-Büchi acceptance condition.
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  - The new functions spot::is_recurrence() and spot::is_persistence()
    check respectively if a formula f belongs to the recurrence or
    persistence class. Two algorithms are available, one that
    checks if a formula is cobuchi_realizable (then it belongs to the
    persistence class) and the other that checks if it is
    detbuchi_realizable (then it belongs to the recurrence class).
    Force one method or the other by setting the environment variable
    SPOT_PR_CHECK to 1 or 2.
    Note that thanks to the duality of both classes, both algorithms
    will work either on f or its negation.
    (see https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/hierarchy.html for details).
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  Deprecation notices:

  (These functions still work but compilers emit warnings.)

  - spot::scc_info::used_acc(), spot::scc_info::used_acc_of() and
    spot::scc_info::acc() are deprecated. They have been renamed
    spot::scc_info::marks(), spot::scc_info::marks_of() and
    spot::scc_info::acc_sets_of() respectively.

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New in spot 2.4 (2017-09-06)
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  Build:

  - Spot is now built in C++14 mode, so you need at least GCC 5 or
    clang 3.4.  The current version of all major linux distributions
    ship with at least GCC 6, which defaults to C++14, so this should
    not be a problem.  In *this* release of Spot, most of the header
    files are still C++11 compatible, so you should be able to include
    Spot in a C++11 project in case you do not yet want to upgrade.
    There is also an --enable-c++17 option to configure in case you
    want to force a build of Spot in C++17 mode.

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  Tools:

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  - genaut is a new binary that produces families of automata defined
    in the literature (in the same way as we have genltl for LTL
    formulas).

  - autcross is a new binary that compares the output of tools
    transforming automata (in the same way as we have ltlcross for
    LTL translators).

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  - genltl learned two generate two new families of formulas:
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      --fxg-or=RANGE         F(p0 | XG(p1 | XG(p2 | ... XG(pn))))
      --gxf-and=RANGE        G(p0 & XF(p1 & XF(p2 & ... XF(pn))))
    The later is a generalization of --eh-pattern=9, for which a
    single state TGBA always exists (but previous version of Spot
    would build larger automata).

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  - autfilt learned to build the union (--sum) or the intersection
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    (--sum-and) of two languages by putting two automata side-by-side
    and fiddling with the initial states.  This complements the already
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    implemented intersection (--product) and union (--product-or),
    both based on a product.
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  - autfilt learned to complement any alternating automaton with
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    option --dualize.   (See spot::dualize() below.)
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  - autfilt learned --split-edges to convert labels that are Boolean
    formulas into labels that are min-terms.  (See spot::split_edges()
    below.)

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  - autfilt learned --simplify-acceptance to simplify some acceptance
    conditions.  (See spot::simplify_acceptance() below.)

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  - autfilt --decompote-strength has been renamed to --decompose-scc
    because it can now extract the subautomaton leading to an SCC
    specified by number.  (The old name is still kept as an alias.)

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  - The --stats=%c option of tools producing automata can now be
    restricted to count complete SCCs, using %[c]c.

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  - Tools producing automata have a --stats=... option, and tools
    producing formulas have a --format=... option.  These two options
    work similarly, the use of different names is just historical.
    Starting with this release, all tools that recognize one of these
    two options also accept the other one as an alias.

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  - A new library, libspotgen, gathers all functions used to generate
    families of automata or LTL formulas, used by genltl and genaut.
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  - spot::sum() and spot::sum_and() implements the union and the
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    intersection of two automata by putting them side-by-side and
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    using non-deterministim or universal branching on the initial
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  - twa objects have a new property: prop_complete().  This obviously
    acts as a cache for the is_complete() function.

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  - spot::dualize() complements any alternating automaton.  Since
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    the dual of a deterministic automaton is still deterministic, the
    function spot::dtwa_complement() has been deprecated and simply
    calls spot::dualize().
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  - spot::decompose_strength() was extended and renamed to
    spot::decompose_scc() as it can now also extract a subautomaton
    leading to a particular SCC.  A demonstration of this feature via
    the Python bindings can be found at
    https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/ipynb/decompose.html

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  - The print_dot() function will now display names for well known
    acceptance conditions under the formula when option 'a' is used.
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    We plan to enable 'a' by default in a future release, so a new
    option 'A' has been added to hide the acceptance condition.
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  - The print_dot() function has a new experimental option 'x' to
    output labels are LaTeX formulas.  This is meant to be used in
    conjunction with the dot2tex tool.  See
      https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/oaut.html#dot2tex

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  - A new named property for automata called "original-states" can be
    used to record the origin of a state before transformation.  It is
    currently defined by the degeneralization algorithms, and by
    transform_accessible() and algorithms based on it (like
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    remove_ap::strip(), decompose_scc()).  This is realy meant as an
    aid for writing algorithms that need this mapping, but it can also
    be used to debug these algorithms: the "original-states"
    information is displayed by the dot printer when the 'd' option is
    passed.  For instance in
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      % ltl2tgba 'GF(a <-> Fb)' --dot=s
      % ltl2tgba 'GF(a <-> Fb)' | autfilt -B --dot=ds

    the second command outputs an automaton with states that show
    references to the first one.

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  - A new named property for automata called "degen-levels" keeps track
    of the level of a state in a degeneralization. This information
    complements the one carried in "original-states".

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  - A new named property for automata called "simulated-states" can be
    used to record the origin of a state through simulation. The
    behavior is similar to "original-states" above. Determinization
    takes advantage of this in its pretty print.

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  - The new function spot::acc_cond::is_streett_like() checks whether
    an acceptance condition is conjunction of disjunctive clauses
    containing at most one Inf and at most one Fin.  It builds a
    vector of pairs to use if we want to assume the automaton has
    Streett acceptance.  The dual function is
    spot::acc_cond::is_rabin_like() works similarly.
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  - The degeneralize() function has learned to consider acceptance
    marks common to all edges comming to a state to select its initial
    level.  A similar trick was already used in sbacc(), and saves a
    few states in some cases.

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  - There is a new spot::split_edges() function that transforms edges
    (labeled by Boolean formulas over atomic propositions) into
    transitions (labeled by conjunctions where each atomic proposition
    appear either positive or negative).  This can be used to
    preprocess automata before feeding them to algorithms or tools
    that expect transitions labeled by letters.

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  - spot::scc_info has two new methods to easily iterate over the
    edges of an SCC: edges_of() and inner_edges_of().

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  - spot::scc_info can now be passed a filter function to ignore
    or cut some edges.

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  - spot::scc_info now keeps track of acceptance sets that are common
    to all edges in an SCC.  These can be retrieved using
    scc_info::common_sets_of(scc), and they are used by scc_info to
    classify some SCCs as rejecting more easily.

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  - The new function acc_code::remove() removes all the given
    acceptance sets from the acceptance condition.

  - It is now possible to change an automaton acceptance condition
    directly by calling twa::set_acceptance().

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  - spot::cleanup_acceptance_here now takes an additional boolean
    parameter specifying whether to strip useless marks from the
    automaton.  This parameter is defaulted to true, in order to
    keep this modification backward-compatible.

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  - The new function spot::simplify_acceptance() is able to perform
    some simplifications on an acceptance condition, and might lead
    to the removal of some acceptance sets.

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  - The function spot::streett_to_generalized_buchi() is now able to
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  - The function for converting deterministic Rabin automata to
    deterministic Büchi automata (when possible), internal to the
    remove_fin() procedure, has been updated to work with
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  - spot::relabel_here() was used on automata to rename atomic
    propositions, it can now replace atomic propositions by Boolean
    subformula.  This makes it possible to use relabeling maps
    produced by relabel_bse() on formulas.
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  - twa_graph::copy_state_names_from() can be used to copy the state
    names from another automaton, honoring "original-states" if
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  - Building automata for LTL formula with a large number N of atomic
    propositions can be costly, because several loops and
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    data-structures are exponential in N.  However a formula like
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      ((a & b & c) | (d & e & f)) U ((d & e & f) | (g & h & i))
    can be translated more efficiently by first building an automaton
    for (p0 | p1) U (p1 | p2), and then substituting p0, p1, p2 by the
    appropriate Boolean formula.  Such a trick is now attempted
    for translation of formulas with 4 atomic propositions or
    more (this threshold can be changed, see -x relabel-bool=N in
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  - The LTL simplification routines learned that an LTL formula like
    G(a & XF(b & XFc & Fd) can be simplified to G(a & Fb & Fc & Fd),
    and dually F(a | XG(b | XGc | Gd)) = F(a | Gb | Gc | Gd).

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    When working with SERE, the simplification of "expr[*0..1]" was
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  - The new function spot::to_weak_alternating() is able to take an
    input automaton with generalized Büchi/co-Büchi acceptance and
    convert it to a weak alternating automaton.

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  - spot::sbacc() is can now also convert alternating automata
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  - spot::sbacc() and spot::degeneralize() learned to merge
    accepting sinks.

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  - If the SPOT_BDD_TRACE environment variable is set, statistics
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    about BDD garbage collection and table resizing are shown.

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  - The & and | operators for acceptannce conditions have been changed
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    slightly to be more symmetrical.  In older versions, operator &
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    would move Fin() terms to the front, but that is not the case
    anymore.  Also operator & was already grouping all Inf() terms
    (for efficiency reasons), in this version operator | is
    symmetrically grouping all Fin() terms.
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  - The automaton parser is now reentrant, making it possible to
    process automata from different streams at the same time (i.e.,
    using multiple spot::automaton_stream_parser instances at once).

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  - The print_hoa() and parse_automaton() functions have been updated
    to recognize the "exist-branch" property of the non-released HOA
    v1.1, as well as the new meaning of property "deterministic".  (In
    HOA v1 "properties: deterministic" means that the automaton has no
    existential branching; in HOA v1.1 it disallows universal
    branching as well.)  The meaning of "deterministic" in Spot has
    been adjusted to these new semantics, see "Backward-incompatible
    changes" below.

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  - The parser for HOA now recognizes and verifies correct use of the
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    "univ-branch" property.  This is known to be a problem with option
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    -H1 of ltl3ba 1.1.2 and ltl3dra 0.2.4, so the environment variable
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    SPOT_HOA_TOLERANT can be set to disable the diagnostic.

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  Python:

  - The 'spot.gen' package exports the functions from libspotgen.
    See https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/ipynb/gen.html for examples.

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  Bugs fixed:

  - When the remove_fin() function was called on some automaton with
    Inf-less acceptance involving at least one disjunction (e.g.,
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    generalized co-Büchi), it would sometimes output an automaton with
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    transition-based acceptance but marked as state-based.

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  - The complete() function could complete an empty co-Büchi automaton
    into an automaton accepting everything.
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  Backward-incompatible changes:

  - spot::acc_cond::mark_t::operator bool() has been marked as
    explicit.  The implicit converion to bool (and, via bool, to int)
    was a source of bugs.

  - spot::twa_graph::set_init_state(const state*) has been removed.
    It was never used.  You always want to use
    spot::twa_graph::set_init_state(unsigned) in practice.

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  - The previous implementation of spot::is_deterministic() has been
    renamed to spot::is_universal().  The new version of
    spot::is_deterministic() requires the automaton to be both
    universal and existential.  This should not make any difference in
    existing code unless you work with the recently added support for
    alternating automata.

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  - spot::acc_cond::mark_t::sets() now returns an internal iterable
    object instead of an std::vector<unsigned>.

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  - The color palette optionally used by print_dot() has been extended
    from 9 to 16 colors.  While the first 8 colors are similar, they
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  - spot::decompose_strength() is deprecated, it has been renamed
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    spot::dualize() instead.

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    spot::twa::prop_universal() for consistency with the change to
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    is_deterministic() listed above.  we have kept
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    spot::twa::prop_deterministic() as a deprecated synonym for
    spot::twa::prop_universal() to help backward compatibility.
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  - the spot::copy() function is deprecated.  use
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    spot::make_twa_graph() instead.

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New in spot 2.3.5 (2017-06-22)
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  - We have fixed new cases where translating multiple formulas in a
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    single ltl2tgba run could produce automata different from those
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  - The print_dot() function had a couple of issues when printing
    alternating automata: in particular, when using flag 's' (display
    SCC) or 'y' (split universal destination by colors) universal
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  - Using --stats=%s or --stats=%s or --stats=%t could take an
    unnecessary long time on automata with many atomic propositions,
    due to a typo.  Furthermore, %s/%e/%t/%E/%T were printing
    a number of reachable states/edges/transitions, but %S was
    incorrectly counting all states even unreachable.

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  - Our verson of BuDDy had an incorrect optimization for the
    biimp operator.

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New in spot 2.3.4 (2017-05-11)
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  Bugs fixed:

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  - The transformation to state-based acceptance (spot::sbacc()) was
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    incorrect on automata where the empty acceptance mark is accepting.
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  - The --help output of randaut and ltl2tgba was showing an
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    unsupported %b stat.

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  - ltldo and ltlcross could leave temporary files behind when
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  - The LTL simplifcation rule that turns F(f)|q into F(f|q)
    when q is a subformula that is both eventual and universal
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  - Because of some caching inside of ltl2tgba, translating multiple
    formula in single ltl2tgba run could produce automata different
    from those produced by individual runs.

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New in spot 2.3.3 (2017-04-11)
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  Tools:

  - ltldo and ltlcross learned shorthands to talk to ltl2da, ltl2dpa,
    and ltl2ldba (from Owl) without needing to specify %f>%O.

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    also learned two new sets of LTL formulas under --hkrss-patterns
    (a.k.a. --liberouter-patterns) and --p-patterns
    (a.k.a. --beem-patterns).
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  Bugs fixed:
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  - In "lenient" mode the formula parser would fail to recover from a
    missing closing brace.
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  - The output of 'genltl --r-left=1 --r-right=1 --format=%F' had
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  - 'ltl2tgba Fa | autfilt --complement' would incorrectly claim that
    the output is "terminal" because dtwa_complement() failed to reset
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  - spot::twa_graph::purge_unreachable_states() was misbehaving on
    alternating automata.

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  - In bench/stutter/ the .cc files were not compiling due to warnings
    being caught as errors.
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  - The code in charge of detecting DBA-type Rabin automata is
    actually written to handle a slightly larger class of acceptance
    conditions (e.g., Fin(0)|(Fin(1)&Inf(2))), however it failed to
    correctly detect DBA-typeness in some of these non-Rabin
    acceptance.

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New in spot 2.3.2 (2017-03-15)
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  - In tools that output automata, the number of atomic propositions
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    atomic propositions instead of counting them.  Tools that output
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  - The bdd_to_formula(), and to_generalized_buchi() functions can now
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  Documentation:

  - https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/tut11.html is a new page describing
    how to build monitors in Shell, Python, or C++.

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  Bugs fixed:

  - The tests using LTSmin's patched version of divine would fail
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  - a typo in the code for transformating transition-based acceptance
    to state-based acceptance could cause a superfluous initial state
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  - While not incorrect, the HOA properties output by 'ltl2tgba -M'
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    would always report 'weak' automata.  Both variants now report the
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  - Instantiating an emptiness check on an automaton with unsupported
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    acceptance condition should throw an exception.  This used to be
    just an assertion, disabled in release builds; the difference
    matters for the Python bindings.

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  - Using --format=%a to print the number of atomic propositions in
    ltlfilt, genltl, and randltl still works, but it is not documented
    anymore and should be replaced by the newly-introduced --format=%x
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  - ltldo learnt to act like a portfolio: --smallest and --greatest
    will select the best output automaton for each formula translated.
    See https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/ltldo.html#portfolio for examples.

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  - The colors used in the output of ltlcross have been adjusted to
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  - genltl learnt three new families for formulas: --kr-n2=RANGE,
    --kr-nlogn=RANGE, and --kr-n=RANGE.  These formulas, from
    Kupferman & Rosenberg [MoChArt'10] are recognizable by
    deterministic Büchi automata with at least 2^2^n states.

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  - spot::otf_product() was incorrectly registering atomic
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    was using some non-standard anonymous struct.  It is unlikely that
    this type was actually used outside Spot, but if you do use it,
    spot::acc_word::op and spot::acc_word::type had to be renamed as
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    intermediate node was not in the cluster even if one of the target was
    in the same one.

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  * While Spot only relies on C++11 features, the configure script
    learned --enable-c++14 to compile in C++14 mode.  This allows us
    check that nothing breaks when we will switch to C++14.

  * Spot is now distributed with PicoSAT 965, and uses it for
    SAT-based minimization of automata without relying on temporary
    files.  It is still possible to use an external SAT solver by
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    the HOA format.  Cross-comparison checks will only work with weak
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    (see below). Some of the algorithms proposed by autfilt will
    refuse to work because they have not yet been updated to work with
    alternating automata, but in any case they should display a
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    undergone some backward incompatible changes.  They use binary
    search by default, and support different options than they used
    too.  See spot-x(7) for details.  The defaults are those that were
    best for the benchmark in bench/dtgbasat/.
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    belonging to these two classes of the temporal hierarchy.  Unlike
    --syntactic-recurrence and --syntactic-persistence, the new checks
    are automata-based and will also match pathological formulas.
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  * ltldo and ltlcross learned a --relabel option to force the
    relabeling of atomic propositions to p0, p1, etc.  This is more
    useful with ltldo, as it allows calling a tool that restricts the
    atomic propositions it supports, and the output automaton will
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    explicit automata than the former one.  The old version has been
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    - twa_graph objects can now represent alternating automata.  Use
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      to create universal edges an initial states; and use
      twa_graph::univ_dests() to iterate over the universal
      destinations of an edge.

    - the automaton parser will now read alternating automata in the
      HOA format.  The HOA and dot printers can output them.

    - the file twaalgos/alternation.hh contains a few algorithms
      specific to alternating automata:
      + remove_alternation() will transform *weak* alternating automata
        into TGBA.
      + the class outedge_combiner can be used to perform "and" and "or"
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    - postprocessor will call remove_alternation() right away, so
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      into different sub-types of (generalized) Büchi automata.
      Note that although prostprocessor optimize the resulting
      automata, it still has no simplification algorithms that work
      at the alternating automaton level.

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    - See https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/tut23.html
      https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/tut24.html and
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  * twa objects have two new properties, very-weak and
    semi-deterministic, that can be set or retrieved via
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    to forbid the use of some states.  This is done either by adding
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    competition will be generated.  This requires the use of an exteral
    SAT solver, setup with "SPOT_SATSOLVER".  See spot-x(7).
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  * The minimize_wdba() function was not correctly minimizing automata
    with useless SCCs.  This was not an issue for the LTL translation
    (where useless SCCs are always removed first), but it was an issue
    when deciding if a formula was safety or guarantee.  As a
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    input (%s) it would not automatically relabel any unsupported
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  * If the system has an installed libltdl library, use it instead of
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  * scc_filter() had a left-over print statement that would print
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    transitions going into rejecting SCCs.  The whole point of
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    way to specify "Acceptance: 1 Fin(0)" because it assumed that
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    continue running even after the script had timeout'ed.

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    LTL over finite words) model checking to LTL model checking.  This
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  * "ltldo --stats=%R", which used to display the serial number of the
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    adding additional %[LETTER]R options.  The difference between %r
    (wall-clock time) and %R (CPU time) can also be used to detect
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  * remove_fin() has been improved to better deal with automata with
    "unclean" acceptance, i.e., acceptance sets that are declared but
    not used.  In particular, this helps scc_info to be more efficient
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  * Simulation-based reductions now implement just bisimulation-based
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      !otf_product(aut, other)->is_empty()
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    close a file descriptor twice when reading from a pipe, and this
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    being flushed.  The issue did not manifest when the input is
    standard input, because of the C++ feature that reading std::cin
    should flush std::cout; however it was well visible when reading
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  * All tools that input formulas or automata (i.e., autfilt,
    dstar2tgba, ltl2tgba, ltl2tgta, ltlcross, ltldo, ltlfilt,
    ltlgrind) now have a more homogeneous handling of the default
    input.

    - If no formula/automaton have been specified, and the standard
    input is a not a tty, then the default is to read that. This is a
    change for ltl2tgba and ltl2tgta.  In particular, it simplifies

        genltl --dac | ltl2tgba -F- | autfilt ...

    into

        genltl --dac | ltl2tgba | autfilt ...

    - If standard input is a tty and no other input has been
    specified, then an error message is printed.  This is a change for
    autfilt, dstar2tgba, ltlcross, ltldo, ltlfilt, ltlgrind, that used
    to expect the user to type formula or automata at the terminal,
    confusing people.

    - All tools now accept - as a shorthand for -F-, to force reading
    input from the standard input (regardless of whether it is a tty
    or not).  This is a change for ltl2tgba, ltl2tgta, ltlcross, and
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    arguments, and redirection of stdin and stdout, but nothing more).

  * ltlcross and ltldo learned a new syntax to specify that an input
    formula should be written in some given syntax after rewriting
    some operators away.  For instance the defaults arguments passed
    to ltl2dstar have been changed from
         --output-format=hoa %L %O
    into
         --output-format=hoa %[WM]L %O
    where [WM] specifies that operators W and M should be rewritten
    away.  As a consequence running
         ltldo ltl2dstar -f 'a M b'
    will now work and call ltl2dstar on the equivalent formula
    'b U (a & b)' instead.  The operators that can be listed between
    brackets are the same as those of ltlfilt --unabbreviate option.

  * ltlcross learned to show some counterexamples when diagnosing
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    These differ from --ap=RANGE that only consider *declared* atomic
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    these do not output scalable patterns, but simply a list of formulas
    appearing in these three papers: Dwyer et al (FMSP'98), Etessami &
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    randltl) or --stats (for autfilt, dstar2tgba, ltl2tgba, ltldo,
    randaut) learned to recognize double-quoted fields and double the
    double-quotes output inbetween as expected from RFC4180-compliant
    CSV files.  For instance
      ltl2tgba -f 'a U "b+c"' --stats='"%f",%s'
    will output
      "a U ""b+c""",2

  * The --csv-escape option of genltl, ltlfilt, ltlgrind, and randltl
    is now deprecated.  The option is still here, but hidden and
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    that are not used are now reported as they might be typos.
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  * The print_hoa() function will now output version 1.1 of the HOA
    format when passed the "1.1" option (i.e., use -H1.1 from any
    command-line tool).  As far as Spot is concerned, this allows
    negated properties to be expressed.  Version 1 of the HOA format
    is still the default, but we plan to default to version 1.1 in the
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  * The "highlight-states" and "highlight-edges" named properties,
    which were introduced in 1.99.8, will now be output using
    "spot.highlight.edges:" and "spot.highlight.states:" headers if
    version 1.1 of the HOA format is selected.  The automaton parser
    was secretly able of reading that since 1.99.8, but that is now
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    highlight_nondet_edges(), highlight_nondet_states() will update
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    convert automata to state-based acceptance, learned some tricks
    (using SCCs, pulling accepting marks common to all outgoing edges,
    and pushing acceptance marks common to all incoming edges) to
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    functions that convert the acceptance condition as requested
    without changing the transition structure.

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    project a run found in a product onto one of the original operand.
    This is for instance used by autfilt --highlight-word.

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    not used anywhere in Spot, and had an obvious bug in its
    implementation, so it cannot be missed by anyone.

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    twa::accepting_run() and twa::accepting_word().  They compute
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    automata for which no corresponding formula is known.  This
    implies that "autfilt --check=stutter" will now label all
    automata, not just deterministic automata.

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    spot::internal::twa_succ_iterable to make it clear this is not for
    public consumption.

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    spot::fair_kripke::state_acceptance_mark() for consistency.  This
    is backward incompatible, but we are not aware of any actual use
    of this method.

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    So "{:[i]s}".format(f) is the same as
    "{:s}".format(f.unabbreviate("i")).

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    now allows modifying the edge fields.

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    %%pml magic to define promela models, compile them
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    akin to the %%dve magic that was already supported.

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    TMPDIR environment variables.  This especially helps
    when the current directory is read-only.

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  * A new example page shows how to test the equivalence of
    two LTL/PSL formulas.  https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/tut04.html
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    exploring automata in C++.  https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/tut50.html
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    https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/tut51.html

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    used by automata.
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  * When ltlcross found a bug using a product of complemented
    automata, the error message would report "Comp(Ni)*Comp(Pj)" as
    non-empty while the actual culprit was "Comp(Nj)*Comp(Pi)".

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    test-suite failures with the future G++ 7, and clang 3.9.

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    successors.

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  Bug fixes:

  * The degen-lcache=1 option of the degeneralization algorithm (which
    is a default option) did not behave exactly as documented: instead
    of reusing the first level ever created for a state where the
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    choice of the level is free, it reused the last level ever used.
    This caused some posterior simulation-based reductions to be less
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  * The generalized testing automata displayed by the online
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    propositions even when they were still used in the output (e.g.,
    if a&p0 is relabeled to p0&p1).  This could cause ltldo and the
    online translator to report errors.
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New in spot 2.0.2 (2016-06-17)

  Documentation:

  * We now have a citing page at https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/citing.html
    providing a list of references about Spot.
  * The Python examples have been augmented with the two examples
    from our ATVA'16 tool paper.
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  * Fix compilation error observed with Clang++ 3.7.1 and GCC 6.1.1
    headers.
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  * Various small typos and cosmetic cleanups.
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  Documentation:

  * Add missing documentation for the option string passed to
    spot::make_emptiness_check_instantiator().

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  * There is now a spot(7) man page listing all installed
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  Python:

  * The tgba_determinize() function is now accessible in Python.

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    the simplifications of (--small/--deterministic) have
    been performed.
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    for automata read from never claim or as LBTT.
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    of transitions based on the number of atomic propositions
    actually *used* by the automaton instead of using the number
    of AP declared.
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    been registered, not only those that are used in the automaton.
    (Note that it will also throw an exception if the automaton uses
    an unregistered AP; this is how some of the above bugs were
    found.)
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  * For Small or Deterministic preference, the postprocessor
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    used in labels.   Simplification of exclusive properties
    and remove_ap::strip() will do similarly.
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    reorganization of 1.99.7.
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  * Various typos and minor documentation fixes.
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