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New in spot 0.6a:

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  * Spot is now able to read an automaton expressed as a Spin neverclaim.
  * The "experimental" Kripke structure introduced in Spot 0.5 has
    been rewritten, and is no longer experimental.  We have a
    developement version of checkpn using it, and it should be
    released shortly after Spot 0.7.
  * The function to_spin_string(), used to output an LTL formula using
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    Spin's syntax, now takes an optional argument to request full
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    parenthesis.
  * src/ltltest/genltl is a new tool that generates some interesting
    families of LTL formulae, for testing purpose.
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  * bench/ltlclasses/ uses the above tool to conduct the same benchmark
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    as in the DepCoS'09 paper by Cichón et al.  The resulting benchmark
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    completes in 12min, while it tooks days (or crashed) when the paper
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    was written (using Spot 0.4).
  * Degeneralization has again been improved in two ways:
    - It will merge the degeneralized transitions that can be merged.
    - It uses a cache to speed up the improvement introduced in 0.6.
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  * An implementation of Dax et al.'s paper for minimizing obligation
    formulae has been integrated.  Use ltl2tgba -Rm to enable this
    optimization; it will have no effect if the property is not an
    obligation.
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  * bench/wdba/ conducts a benchmark similar to the one on Dax's
    webpage, comparing the size of the automata expressing obligation
    formula before and after minimization.
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  * New ltl2tgba options:
    -XN: read an input automaton as a neverclaim.
    -C, -CR: Compute (and display) a counterexample after running the
             emptiness check.  With -CR, the counterexample will be
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             replayed on the automaton to ensure it is correct
	     (previous version would always compute a replay a
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	     counterexample when emptiness-check was enabled)
    -ks: traverse the automaton to compute its number of states and
         transitions (this is faster than -k whichi will also count
         SCCs and paths).
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    -Rn: Minimize automata for obligation formulae.
    -M: Build a deterministic monitor.
    -O: Tell whether an automaton is a safety automaton.
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  * Bug fixes:
    - Location of the errors messages in the TGBA parser where inaccurate.
    - Various warning fixes for different versions of GCC and Clang.
    - The neverclaim output with ltl2tgba -N or -NN used to ignore any
      automaton simplification performed after degeneralization.
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    - The formula simplification based on universality and eventuallity
      had a quadratic run-time.
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New in spot 0.6 (16-04-2010):
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  * Several optimizations to improve some auxiliary steps
    of the LTL translation (not the core of the translation):
    - Better degeneralization
    - SCC simplifications has been tuned for degeneralization
      (ltl2tgba now has two options -R3 and -R3f: the latter will
      remove every acceptance condition that used to be removed
      in Spot 0.5 while the former will leave useless acceptance conditions
      going to accepting SCC.  Experience shows that -R3 is more
      favorable to degeneralization).
    - ltl2tgba will perform SCC optimizations before degeneralization
      and not the converse
    - We added a syntactic simplification rule to rewrite F(a)|F(b) as F(a|b).
      We only had a rule for the more specific FG(a)|FG(b) = F(Ga|Gb).
    - The syntactic simplification rule for F(a&GF(b)) = F(a)&GF(b) has
      be disabled because the latter formula is in fact harder to translate
      efficiently.
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  * New LTL operators: W (weak until) and its dual M (strong release)
    - Weak until allows many LTL specification to be specified more
      compactly.
    - All LTL translation algorithms have been updated to
      support these operators.
    - Although they do not add any expressive power, translating
      "a W b" is more efficient (read smaller output automaton) than
      translating the equivalent form using the U operator.
    - Basic syntactic rewriting rules will automatically rewrite "a U
      (b | G(a))" and "(a U b)|G(a)" as "a W b", so you will benefit
      from the new operators even if you do not use them.  Similar
      rewriting rules exist for R and M, although they are less used.
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  * New options have been added to the CGI script for
    - SVG output
    - SCC simplifications
  * Bug fixes:
    - The precedence of the "->" and "<->" Boolean operators has been
      adjusted to better match other tools.
      Spot <= 0.5 used to parse "a & b -> c & d" as "a & (b -> c) & d";
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      Spot >= 0.6 will parse it as "(a & b) -> (c & d)".
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    - The random graph generator was fixed (again!) not to produce
      dead states as documented.
    - Locations in the error messages of the LTL parser were off by one.
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New in spot 0.5 (2010-02-01):
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  * We have setup two mailing lists:
    - <spot-announce@lrde.epita.fr> is read-only and will be used to
      announce new releases.  You may subscribe at
      https://www.lrde.epita.fr/mailman/listinfo/spot-announce
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    - <spot@lrde.epita.fr> can be used to discuss anything related
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      to Spot.  You may subscribe at
      https://www.lrde.epita.fr/mailman/listinfo/spot-announce
  * Two new LTL translations have been implemented:
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    - eltl_to_tgba_lacim() is a symbolic translation for ELTL based on
      Couvreur's LaCIM'00 paper.  For this translation (available with
      ltl2tgba's option -le), all operators are described as finite
      automata.  A default set of operators is provided for LTL
      (option -lo) and user may add more automaton operators.
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    - ltl_to_taa() is a translation based on Tauriainen's PhD thesis.
      LTL is translated to "self-loop" alternating automata
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      and then to Transition-based Generalized Automata.  (ltl2tgba's
      option -taa).
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    The "Couvreur/FM" translation remains the best LTL translation
    available in Spot.
  * The data structures used to represent LTL formulae have been
    overhauled, and it resulted in a big performence improvement
    (in time and memory consumption) for the LTL translation.
  * Two complementation algorithms for state-based Büchi automata
    have been implemented:
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    - tgba_kv_complement is an on-the-fly implementation of the
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      Kupferman-Vardi construction (TCS'05) for generalized acceptance
      conditions.
    - tgba_safra_complement is an implementation of Safra's
      complementation.  This algorithm takes a degeneralized Büchi
      automaton as input, but our implementation for the Streett->Büchi
      step will produce a generalized automaton in the end.
  * ltl2tgba has gained several options and the help text has been
    reorganized.  Please run src/tgbatest/ltl2tgba without arguments
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    for details.  Couvreur/FM is now the default translation.
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  * The ltl2tgba.py CGI script can now run standalone.  It also offers
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    the Tauriainen/TAA translation, and some options for SCC-based
    reductions.
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  * Automata using BDD-encoded transitions relation can now be pruned
    for useless states symbolically using the delete_unaccepting_scc()
    function.  This is ltl2tgba's -R3b option.
  * The SCC-based simplification (ltl2tgba's -R3 option) has been
    rewritten and improved.
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  * The "*" symbol, previously parsed as a synonym for "&" is no
    longer recognized.  This makes room for an upcoming support of
    rational operators.
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  * More benchmarks in the bench/ directory:
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    - gspn-ssp/    some benchmarks published at ACSD'07,
    - ltlcounter/  translation of a class of LTL formulae used by
                     Rozier & Vardi at SPIN'07
    - scc-stats/   SCC statistics after translation of LTL formulae
    - split-product/ parallelizing gain after splitting LTL automata
  * An experimental Kripke interface has been developed to simplify
    the integration of third party tools that do not use acceptance
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    conditions and that have label on states instead of transitions.
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    This interface has not been used yet.
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  * Experimental interface with the Nips virtual machine.
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    It is not very useful as Spot isn't able to retrieve any property
    information from the model.  This will just check assertions.
  * Distribution:
    - The Boost C++ library is now required.
    - Update to Autoconf 2.65, Automake 1.11.1, Libtool 2.2.6b,
      Bison 2.4.1, and Swig 1.3.40.
    - Thanks to the newest Automake, "make check" will now
      run in parallel if you use "make -j2 check" or more.
  * Bug fixes:
    - Disable warnings from the garbage collection of BuDDy, it
      could break the standard output of ltl2tgba.
    - Fix several C++ constructs to ensure Spot will build with
      GCC 4.3, 4.4, and older 3.x releases, as well as with Intel's
      ICC compiler.
    - A very old bug in the hash function for LTL formulae caused Spot
      to sometimes (but very rarely) consider two different LTL formulae
      as equal.
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  * Upgrade to Autoconf 2.61, Automake 1.10, Bison 2.3, and Swig 1.3.31.
  * Better LTL simplifications.
  * Don't initialize Buddy if it has already been initialized (in case
    the client software is already using Buddy).
  * Lots of work in the greatspn interface for our ACSD'05 paper.
  * Bug fixes:
    - Fix the random graph generator not to produce dead states as documented.
    - Fix synchronized product in case both side use acceptance conditions.
    - Fix some syntax errors with newer versions of GCC.

New in spot 0.3 (2006-01-25):
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  * lbtt 1.2.0
  * The CGI script for LTL translation also offers emptiness check algorithms.
  * tau03_opt_search implements the "ordering heuristic".
    (Submitted by Heikki Tauriainen.)
  * A couple of bugs were fixed into the LTL or automata simplifications.

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New in spot 0.2 (2005-04-08):

  * Emptiness checks:
    - the new spot::option_map class is used to pass options to
      emptiness-check algorithms.
    - the new emptiness_check_instantiator class is used to turn a
      string such as `algorithm(option1, option2)' into an actual
      instance of this emptiness-check algorithm with the given
      options.  All tools use this.
    - tau03_opt_search implements the "condition heuristic".
      (Suggested by Heikki Tauriainen.)
  * Minor bug fixes.
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New in spot 0.1 (2005-01-31):

  * Emptiness checks:
    - They all follow the same interface, and gather statistical data.
    - New algorithms: gv04.hh, se05.hh, tau03.hh, tau03opt.hh
    - New options for couvreur99: poprem and group.
    - reduce_run() try to reduce accepting runs produced by emptiness checks.
    - replay_run() ensure accepting runs are actually accepting runs.
  * New testing tools:
    - ltltest/randltl: Generate random LTL formulae.
    - tgbatest/randtgba: Generate random TGBAs.  Optionally multiply them
        against random LTL formulae.  Optionally check them for emptiness
        with all available algorithms.  Optionally gather statistics.
  * bench/emptchk/: Contains scripts that benchmark emptiness-checks.
  * Split the degeneralization proxy in two:
    - tgba_tba_proxy  uses at most max(N,1) copies
    - tgba_sba_proxy  uses at most 1+max(N,1) copies and has a
                      state_is_accepting() method
  * tgba::transition_annotation annotate a transition with some string.
    This comes handy to associate that transition to its high-level name.
  * Preliminary support for Event-based GBA (the evtgba*/ directories).
    This might as well disappear in a future release.
  * LTL formulae are now sorting using their string representation, instead
    of their memory address (which is still unique).  This makes the output
    of the various functions more deterministic.
  * The Doxygen documentation is now organized using modules.
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New in spot 0.0x (2004-08-13):

  * New atomic_prop_collect() function: collect atomic propositions
    in an LTL formula.
  * Fix several typos in documentation, and some warnings in the code.
  * Now compiles on Darwin and Cygwin.
  * Upgrade to Automake 1.9.1, and lbtt 1.1.2.
    (And drop support for older lbtt versions.)
  * Support newer versions of Valgrind (>= 2.1.0).
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New in spot 0.0v (2004-06-29):

  * LTL formula simplifications using basic rewriting rules,
    a-la Wring syntactic approximations, and Etessami's universal
    and existential classes.
     - Function reduce() in ltlvisit/reduce.hh is the main interface.
     - Can be tested with the CGI script.
  * TGBA simplifications using direct simulation, delayed simulation,
    and SCC-based simplifications.  This is still experimental.
  * The LTL parser will now read LTL formulae written using Wring's syntax.
  * ltl2tgba_fm() now has options for on-the-fly fair-loop approximations,
    and Modella-like branching-postponement.
  * GreatSPN interface:
     - The `declarative_environment' is now part of Spot itself rather than
       part of the interface with GreatSPN.
     - the RG and SRG interface can deal with dead markings in three
       ways (omit deadlocks from the state graph, stutter on the deadlock
       and consider as a regular behavior, or stutter and distinguish the
       deadlock with a property).
     - update SSP interface to Soheib Baarir latest work.
  * Preliminary Python bindings for BuDDy's FDD and BVEC.
  * Upgrade to BuDDy 2.3.
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New in spot 0.0t (2004-04-23):

  * `emptiness_check':
      - fix two bugs in the computation of the counter example,
      - revamp the interface for better customization.
  * `never_claim_reachable': new function.
  * Introduce annonymous BDD variables in `bdd_dict', and start
    to use it in `ltl_to_tgba_fm'.
  * Offer never claim in the CGI script.
  * Rename EESRG as SSP, and offer specialized variants of the
    emptiness_check.
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New in spot 0.0r (2004-03-08):

  * In ltl_to_tgba_fm:
    - New option `exprop' to optimize determinism.
    - Make the `symbolic indentification' from 0.0p optional.
  * `nonacceptant_lbtt_reachable' new function to help getting
    accurate statistics from LBTT.
  * Revamp the cgi script's user interface.
  * Upgrade to lbtt 1.0.3, swig 1.3.21, automake 1.8.3
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New in spot 0.0p (2004-02-03):

  * In ltl_to_tgba_fm:
    - identify states with identical symbolic expansions
      (i.e., identical continuations)
    - use Acc[b] as acceptance condition for Fb, not Acc[Fb].
  * Update and speed-up the cgi script.
  * Improve degeneralization.
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New in spot 0.0n (2004-01-13):

  * emptiness_check::check2() is a variant of Couvreur's emptiness check that
    explores visited states first.
  * Build the EESRG supporting code condinally, as the associated
    GreatSPN changes have not yet been contributed to GreatSPN.
  * Add a powerset algorithm (determinize TGBA ignoring acceptance
    conditions, i.e., as if they were used to recognize finite languages).
  * tgba_explicit::merge_transitions: merge transitions with same source,
    destination, and acceptance condition.
  * Run test cases within valgrind.
  * Various bug fixes.
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  * Computation of prime implicants.  This simplify the output of
    ltl_to_tgba_fm, and allows conditions to be output as some of
    product in dot output.
  * Optimize translation of GFy in ltl_to_tgba_fm.
  * tgba_explicit supports arbitrary binary formulae on transitions
    (only conjunctions were allowed).

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  * Use hash_map's instead of map's almost everywhere.
  * New emptiness check, based on Couvreur's algorithm.
  * LTL propositions can be put inside doublequotes to disambiguate
    some constructions.
  * Preliminary support for GreatSPN's EESRG.
  * Various bug fixes.

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New in spot 0.0h (2003-08-18):

  * More python bindings:
    - "import buddy" works (see wrap/python/tests/bddnqueen.py for an example),
    - almost all the Spot API is now available via "import spot".
  * wrap/python/cgi/ltl2tgba.py is an LTL-to-Büchi translator that
    work as as a cgi script.
  * Couvreur's FM'99 ltl-to-tgba translation.

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New in spot 0.0f (2003-08-01):

  * More python bindings, still only for the spot::ltl:: namespace.
  * Functional GSPN interface.  (Enable with --with-gspn=directory.)
  * The LTL scanner recognizes /\, \/, and xor.
  * Upgrade to lbtt 1.0.2.
  * tgba_tba_proxy is an on-the-fly degeneralizer.
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    (Works only on a tgba_tba_proxy.)
  * Tgba's output algorithms (save(), dotty()) now non-recursive.
  * During products, succ_iter will optimize its set of successors
    using information computed from the current product state.
  * BDD dictionnaries are now shared between automata and.  This
    gets rid of all the BDD-variable translating machinery.

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New in spot 0.0d (2003-07-13):

  * Optimize translation of G operators occurring at the root
    of a formula (or its immediate children when the root is a
    conjunction).  This saves two BDD variables per G operator.
  * Distribute lbtt, and run it during `make check'.
  * First sketch of GSPN interface.
  * succ_iter_concreate::next() completely rewritten.
  * Transitions are now labelled by boolean formulae (not only
    conjunctions).
  * Documentation:
    - Output collaboration diagrams.
    - Build and distribute PDF manual.
  * Many bug fixes.

New in spot 0.0b (2003-06-26):

  * Everything.