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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
      Automata) while this is version now deal with what we call TωA
      (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.

    - As a consequence of the switches do C++11 and to TωA, a lot of
      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.

    - 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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    - ltlcross has a new option --grind, that attempts to reduce the
      size of any bogus formula it discovers, while still exhibiting
      the bug.

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    - ltlcross has a new option --ignore-execution-failures that
      ignore translator returning non-zero exist status instead of
      returning an error.

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    - "ltlfilt --stutter-invariant" will now work with PSL formula.
      The implementation is actually much more efficient
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      than our previous implementation that was only for LTL.
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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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    - 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
      to be open in append mode (instead of being truncated) by
      by prefix the filename with ">>".  For instance:
      	  --save-bogus=">>bugs.ltl"
      will append to the end of the file.

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  * Other noteworthy news

    - 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
      spot::hoa_stream_parser object or spot::hoa_parse() function.
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      The former version is able to parse a stream of automata in
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      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
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      specifier).  The current implementation does not support
      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
      following to functions mitigates that:

      - 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
	generalized-Büchi acceptance.

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    - randomize() is a new algorithm that reorder the states
      and transition of an automaton at random.  It can be
      used from the command-line using "autfilt --randomize".

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    - the interface in iface/dve2 has been renamed to iface/ltsmin
      because it can now interface the dynamic libraries created
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      either by Divine (as patched by the LTSmin group) or by
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      Spins (the LTSmin compiler for Promela).

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    - LTL/PSL formulas can include /* comments */.

    - PSL SEREs support a new operator [:*i..j], the iterated fusion.
      [:*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
      sugar for [:*1..], and corresponds to the operator ⊕ introduced
      by Dax et al. (ATVA'09).
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    - GraphViz output now uses an horizontal layout by default, and
      also use circular states (unless the automaton has more than 100
      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
      elliptic states, named automata, SCC information, ordered
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      transitions, and different ways to colorize the acceptance
      sets).  The environment variables SPOT_DOTDEFAULT and
      SPOT_DOTEXTRA can also be used to respectively provide a default
      argument to --dot, and add extra attributes to the output graph.
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    - Never claims can now be output in the style usd by Spin since
      version 6.2.4 (i.e., using do..od instead of if..fi, and with
      atomic statements for terminal acceptance).  The default output
      is still the old one for compatibility with existing tools.  The
      new style can be requested from command-line tools using option
      --spin=6 (or -s6 for short).

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  * Noteworthy code changes
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    - Boost is not used anymore.

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    - Automata are now manipulated exclusively via shared pointers.

    - Most of what was called tgba_something is now called
      twa_something, unless it is really meant to work only for TGBA.
      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.

    - the tgba_explicit class has been completely replaced by a more
      efficient twa_graph class.  Many of the algorithms that were
      written against the abstract tgba (now twa) interface have been
      rewritten using twa_graph instances as input and output, making
      the code a lot simpler.
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    - The tgba_succ_iterator (now twa_succ_iterator) interface has
      changed.  Methods next(), and first() should now return a bool
      indicating whether the current iteration is valid.
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    - The twa base class has a new method, release_iter(), that can
      be called to give a used iterator back to its automaton.  This
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      iterator is then stored in a protected member, iter_cache_, and
      all implementations of succ_iter() can be updated to recycle
      iter_cache_ (if available) instead of allocating a new iterator.

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    - The tgba (now called twa) base class has a new method, succ(),
      to support C++11' range-based for loop, and hide all the above
      change.
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      Instead of the following syntax:

	tgba_succ_iterator* i = aut->succ_iter(s);
	for (i->first(); !i->done(); i->next())
	  {
	     // use i->current_state()
	     //     i->current_condition()
	     //     i->current_acceptance_conditions()
	  }
	delete i;

      We now prefer:

	for (auto i: aut->succ(s))
	  {
	    // use i->current_state()
	    //     i->current_condition()
	    //     i->current_acceptance_conditions()
	  }

      And the above syntax is really just syntactic suggar for

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	twa_succ_iterator* i = aut->succ_iter(s);
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	if (i->first())
	  do
	    {
	      // use i->current_state()
	      //     i->current_condition()
	      //     i->current_acceptance_conditions()
	    }
	  while (i->next());
	aut->release_iter(i); // allow the automaton to recycle the iterator

      Where the virtual calls to done() and delete have been avoided.

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    - twa::succ_iter() now takes only one argument.  The optional
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      global_state and global_automaton arguments have been removed.

    - The following methods have been removed from the TGBA interface and
      all their subclasses:
        - tgba::support_variables()
	- tgba::compute_support_variables()
	- tgba::all_acceptance_conditions()       // use acc().accepting(...)
	- tgba::neg_acceptance_conditions()
	- tgba::number_of_acceptance_conditions() // use acc().num_sets()
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      methods have been removed from the TGBA interface and all
      subclasses.

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    - Membership to acceptance sets are now stored using bit sets,
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      currently limited to 32 bits.  Each TωA has a acc() method that
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      returns a reference to an acceptance object (of type
      spot::acc_cond), able to operate on acceptance marks
      (spot::acc_cond::mark_t).

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      Instead of writing code like
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        i->current_acceptance_conditions() == aut->all_acceptance_conditions()
      we now write
        aut->acc().accepting(i->current_acceptance_conditions())
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      (Note that for accepting(x) to return something meaningful, x
      should be a set of acceptance sets visitied infinitely oftem.  So let's
      imagine that in the above example i is looking at a self-loop.)
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      Similarly,
        aut->number_of_acceptance_conditions()
      is now
        aut->acc().num_sets()

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  * Removed features

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    - The long unused interface for GreatSPN (or rather, interface to
      a non-public, customized version of GreatSPN) has been removed.
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      As a consequence, we could get rid of many cruft in the
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      implementation of Couvreur's FM'99 emptiness check.

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    - Support for symbolic, BDD-encoded TGBAs has been removed.  This
      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
      these techniques are simply too big.

    - All support for ELTL, i.e., LTL logic extended with operators
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      represented by automata has been removed.  It was never used in
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      practice because it had no practical user interface, and the
      translation was a purely-based BDD encoding producing huge
      automata (when viewed explictely), using the above and non
      longuer supported tgba_bdd_concrete class.
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    - Our implementation of the Kupferman-Vardi complementation has
      been removed: it was useless in practice beause of the size of
      the automata built, and it did not survive the conversion of
      acceptance sets from BDDs to bitsets.

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    - The unused implementation of state-based alternating Büchi
      automata has been removed.
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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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New in spot 1.2.6a (not yet released)

  Nothing yet.

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New in spot 1.2.6 (2014-12-06)
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  * New features:

    - ltlcross --verbose is a new option to see what is being done
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  * Bug fixes:

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    - Remove one incorrect simplification rule for PSL discovered
      via checks on random formulaes.  (The bug was very unlikely
      to trigger on non-random formulas, because it requires a SERE
      with an entire subexpression that is unsatisfiable.)
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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
      this was not the case.
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    - the neverclaim parser will now diagnose redefinitions of
      state labels.
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    - the acceptance specification in the HOA format output have been
      adjusted to match recent changes in the format specifications.
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    - atomic propositions are correctly escaped in the HOA output.
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    - the build rules for documentation have been made compatible with
      version 8.0 of Org-mode.  (This was only a problem if you build
      from the git repository, or if you want to edit the
      documentation.)
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    - recent to changes to libstd++ (as shipped by g++ 4.9.2) have
      demonstrated that the order of transitions output by the
      LTL->TGBA translation used to be dependent on the implementation
      of the STL.  This is now fixed.
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    - some developpement version of libstd++ had a bug (PR 63698) in
      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
      libstd++ has also been fixed.
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    - all parsers would report wrong line numbers while processing
      files with DOS style newlines.
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    - add support for SWIG 3.0.
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New in spot 1.2.5 (2014-08-21)
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  * New features:
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    - The online ltl2tgba translator will automatically attempt to
      parse a formula using LBT's syntax if it cannot parse it using
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      the normal infix syntax.  It also has an option to display
      formulas using LBT's syntax.
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    - ltl2tgba and dstar2tgba have a new experimental option --hoaf to
      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
      tgbaalgos/hoaf.hh.

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    - 'randltl 4' is now a shorthand for 'randltl p0 p1 p2 p3'.

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    - ltlcross has a new option --save-bogus=FILENAME to save any
      formula for which a problem (other than timeout) was detected
      during translation or using the resulting automatas.

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  * Documentation:
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    - The man page for ltl2tgba has some new notes and references
      about TGBA and about monitors.

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  * Bug fixes:

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    - Fix incorrect simplification of promises in the translation
      of the M operator (you may suffer from the bug even if you do
      not use this operator as some LTL patterns are automatically
      reduced to it).
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    - Fix simplification of bounded repetition in SERE formulas.
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    - Fix incorrect translation of PSL formulas of the form !{f} where
      f is unsatisifable.  A similar bug was fixed for {f} in Spot
      1.1.4, but for some reason it was not fixed for !{f}.
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    - Fix parsing of neverclaims produced by Modella.
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    - Fix a memory leak in the little-used conversion from
      transition-based alternating automata to tgba.
    - Fix a harmless uninitialized read in BuDDy.
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    - When writing to the terminal, ltlcross used to display each
      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
      in bright blue instead.
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    - 'randltl -n -1 --seed 0' and 'randltl -n -1 --seed 1' used to
      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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New in spot 1.2.4 (2014-05-15)
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  * New features:

    - "-B -x degen-lskip" can be used to disable level-skipping in the
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      degeralization procedure called by ltl2tgba and dstar2tgba.
      This is mostly meant for running experiments.
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    - "-B -x degen-lcache=N" can be used to experiment with different
      type of level caching during degeneralization.

  * Bug fixes:

    - Change the Python bindings to make them compatible with Swig 3.0.
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    - "ltl2tgta --ta" could crash in certain conditions due to the
      introduction of a simulation-based reduction after
      degeneralization.
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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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    - Fix incorrect translation of the fusion operator (":") in SERE
      such as {xx;1}:yy[*] where the left operand has 1 as tail.
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New in spot 1.2.3 (2014-02-11)
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  * New features:

    - The SPOT_SATLOG environment variable can be set to a filename to
      obtain statistics about the different iterations of the
      SAT-based minimization.  For an example, see
      http://spot.lip6.fr/userdoc/satmin.html
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    - The bench/dtgbasat/ benchmark has been updated to use SPOT_SATLOG
      and record more statistics.
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    - The default value for the SPOT_SATSOLVER environment
      variable has been changed to "glucose -verb=0 -model %I >%O".
      This assumes that glucose 3.0 is installed.   For older
      versions of glucose, remove the "-model" option.
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  * Bug fixes:

    - More fixes for Python 3 compatibility.
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    - Fix calculation of length_boolone(), were 'Xa|b|c' was
      considered as length 6 instead of 4 (because it is 'Xa|(b|a)'
      were (b|a) is Boolean).
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    - Fix Clang-3.5 warnings.
    - randltl -S did not honor --boolean-priorities.
    - randltl had trouble generating formulas when all unary, or
      all binary/n-ary operators were disabled.
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    - Fix spurious testsuite failure when using Pandas 0.13.
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    - Add the time spent in child processes when measuring time
      with the timer class.
    - Fix determinism of the SAT-based minimization encoding.
      (It would sometimes produce different equivalent automata,
      because of a different encoding order.)
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    - If the SAT-based minimization is asked for a 10-state automaton
      and returns a 6-state automaton, do not ask for a 9-state
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      automaton in the next iteration...
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    - Fix some compilation issue with the version of Apple's Clang
      that is installed with MacOS X 10.9.
    - Fix VPATH builds when building from the git repository.
    - Fix UP links in the html documentation for command-line tools.
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    - Fix compilation *and* behavior of bitvectors on 32-bit
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    - 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 detection of numbers that are too large in the ELTL parser.
    - Fix a memory leak in the ELTL parser, and avoid some unnecessary
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    - commands for translators specified to ltlcross can now
      be given "short names" to be used in the CSV or JSON output.
      For instance
         ltlcross '{small} ltl2tgba -s --small %f >%N' ...
      will run the command "ltl2tgba -s --small %f >%N", but only
      print "small" in output files.
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    - ltlcross' CSV and JSON output now contains two additional
      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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    - if ltlcross is used with --products=+5 instead of --products=5
      then the stastics for each of the five products will be output
      separately instead of being averaged.
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    - if ltlcross is used with tools that produce deterministic Streett
      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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    - ltlfilt, ltl2tgba, ltl2tgta, and ltlcross can now read formulas
      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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    - when ltlfilt processes formulas from a CSV file, it will output
      each CSV line whose formula matches the given constraints, with
      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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      to help escape formulas in CSV files.
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            http://spot.lip6.fr/userdoc/csv.html
      for some discussion and examples of the last few features.
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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
      enabled by default when the output is a terminal.

    - ltlcross will give an example of infinite word accepted by the
      two automata when the product between a positive automaton and a
      negative automaton is non-empty.
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      ltl2dstar.  This type of output should be specified using '%D':
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      search for bugs in translators to Rabin or Streett automata, but
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      translator it will now complement this automaton to perform
      additional intersection checks.  This is complementation is done
      only for deterministic automata (because that is cheap) and can
      be disabled with --no-complement.

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    - To help with debugging problems detected by ltlcross, the
      environment variables SPOT_TMPDIR and SPOT_TMPKEEP control where
      temporary files are created and if they should be erased.  Read
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      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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      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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      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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      our WDBA-minimization procedure will return a minimimal
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      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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      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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      Boolean subformulae as if they were atomic propositions.
      For instance "a & GF(c | d) & b & X(c | d)" would be rewritten
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      if needed.

    - dtgba_complement(): Complement a deterministic TGBA.

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

    - tba_determinize(): Run a power-set construction, and attempt
      to fix the acceptance simulation to build a deterministic TBA.

    - dstar_parse(): Read a Streett or Rabin automaton in
      ltl2dstar's format.  Note that this format allows only
      deterministic automata.

    - nra_to_nba(): Convert a (possibly non-deterministic) Rabin
      automaton to a non-deterministic Büchi automaton.

    - dra_to_ba(): Convert a deterministic Rabin automaton to a Büchi
      automaton, preserving acceptance in all SCCs where this is possible.

    - nsa_to_tgba(): Convert a (possibly non-deterministic) Streett
      automaton to a non-deterministic TGBA.

    - dstar_to_tgba(): Convert any automaton returned by dstar_parse()
      into a TGBA.

    - build_tgba_mask_keep(): Build a masked TGBA that shows only
      a subset of states of another TGBA.

    - build_tgba_mask_ignore(): Build a masked TGBA that ignore
      a subset of states of another TGBA.

    - class tgba_proxy: Helps writing on-the-fly algorithms that
      delegate most of their methods to the original automaton.

    - class bitvect: A dynamic bit vector implementation.

    - class word: An infinite word, stored as prefix + cycle, with a
      simplify() methods to simplify cycle and prefix in obvious ways.

    - class temporary_file: A temporary file.  Can be instanciated with
      create_tmp_file() or create_open_tmpfile().

    - count_state(): Return the number of states of a TGBA.  Implement
      a couple of specializations for classes where is can be know
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    - When minimize_obligation() is not given the formula associated
      to the input automaton, but that automaton is deterministic, it
      can still attempt to call minimize_wdba() and check the correcteness
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    - tgba_reachable_iterator_depth_first has been redesigned to
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      Small or Deterministic.  These can now be combined with Complete
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      that Boolean terms come first.  This speeds up syntactic
      implication checks slightly.  Also, literals are now sorted
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      (for instance 'a & b & F(a & b)' is now reduced to 'a & b'
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    - All the parsers implemented in Spot now use the same type to
      store locations.

    - Cleanup of exported symbols

      All symbols in the library now have hidden visibility on ELF systems.
      Public classes and functions have been marked explicitely for export
      with the SPOT_API macro.

      During this massive update, some of functions that should not have
      been made public in the first place have been moved away so that
      they can only be used from the library.  Some old of unused
      functions have been removed.

      removed:
	- class loopless_modular_mixed_radix_gray_code

      hidden:
	- class acc_compl
	- class acceptance_convertor
	- class bdd_allocator
	- class free_list

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    - Degeneralization was not indempotant on automata with an
      accepting initial state that was on a cycle, but without
      self-loop.

    - Configuring with --enable-optimization would reset the value of
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    - The parser for neverclaim, updated in 1.1.3, would fail to
      parse guards of the form (a) || (b) output by ltl2ba or
      ltl3ba, and would only understand ((a) || (b)).
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      for SEREs that accept the empty word: they were wrongly reduced
      to true.  Simplification and translation rules have been fixed,
      and the doc/tl/tl.pdf specifications have been updated to better
      explain that {SERE} has the semantics of a closure operator that
      is not exactly what one could expect after reading the PSL
      standard.
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    - The neverclaim parser now understands the new style of output
      used by Spin 6.24 and later.
  * Bug fixes:
    - The scc_filter() function could abort with a BDD error.  If all
      the acceptance sets of an SCC but the first one were useless.
    - The script in bench/spin13/ would not work on MacOS X because
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    - Uninitialized variables in ltlcross (affect the count of terminal
      weak, and strong SCCs).
    - Workaround an old GCC bug to allow compilation with g++ <= 4.5
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    - lbtt_reachable(), the function that outputs a TGBA in LBTT's
      format, has a new option to indicate that the TGBA being printed
      is in fact a Büchi automaton.  In this case it outputs an LBTT
      automaton with state-based acceptance.

      The output of the guards has also been changed in two ways:
      1. atomic propositions that do not match p[0-9]+ are always
         double-quoted.  This avoids issues where t or f were used as
         atomic propositions in the formula, output as-is in the
         automaton, and read back as true or false.  Other names that
         correspond to LBT operators would cause problem as well.
      2. formulas that label transitions are now output as
         irredundant-sums-of-products.

    - 'ltl2tgba --ba --lbtt' will now output automata with state-based
      acceptance.  You can use 'ltl2tgba --ba --lbtt=t' to force the
      output of transition-based acceptance like in the previous
      versions.

      Some illustrations of this point and the previous one can be
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      the automaton.  scc_filter_state() should be used when
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    - simulation_sba(), cosimulation_sba(), and
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      that actually represent BAs.  They preserve the imporant
      property that if a state of the BA is is accepting, the outgoing
      transitions of that state are all accepting in the TGBA that
      represent the BA.  This is something that was not preserved by
      functions cosimultion() and iterated_simulations() as mentionned
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      each translation against N different state spaces, and everage
      the statistics of these N products.  N default to 1; larger
      values increase the chances to detect inconsistencies in the
      translations, and also make the average size of the product
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      making it easy to unregister all BDD variables of a given type
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      for two reasons: one was that cosimulation was applied using the
      generic cosimulation for TGBA, and the second is that
      SCC-filtering, performed between iterations, was also a
      TGBA-based algorithm.  Both of these algorithms could lose the
      property that if a TGBA represents a BA, all the outgoing
      transitions of a state should be accepting.  As a consequence, some
      formulas where translated to incorrect Büchi automata.
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  Several of the new features described below are discribed in

    Tomáš Babiak, Thomas Badie, Alexandre Duret-Lutz, Mojmír
    Křetínský, Jan Strejček: Compositional Approach to Suspension and
    Other Improvements to LTL Translation.  To appear in the
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      from LTL/PSL to TGBA/BA/Monitor.  It performs pre- and
      post-processings in addition to the core translation, and offers
      an interface similar to that used in the postprocessor class, to
      specify the intent of the translation.

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      level reset, level caching, and SCC-based ordering.  The former
      two are enabled by default.  Benchmarking has shown that the
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      simplify acceptance conditions, has learnt how to simplify
      acceptance conditions in a few tricky situations that were not
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    - A new translation, called compsusp(), for "Compositional
      Suspension" is implemented on top of ltl_to_tgba_fm().
      (See SPIN'13 paper.)

    - Some experimental LTL rewriting rules that trie to gather
      suspendable formulas are implemented and can be activated
      with the favor_event_univ option of ltl_simplifier.  As
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      implemented.  This simulations consider the acceptance
      of out-of-SCC transitions as "don't care".  It is not
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    - remove_x() is a function that take a formula, and rewrite it
      without the X operator.  The rewriting is only correct for
      stutter-insensitive LTL formulas (See K. Etessami's paper in IFP
      vol. 75(6). 2000) This algorithm is accessible from the
      command-line using ltlfilt's --remove-x option.

    - is_stutter_insensitive() takes any LTL formula, and check
      whether it is stutter-insensitive.  This algorithm is accessible
      from the command-line using ltlfilt's --stutter-insensitive
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	is_syntactic_weak_scc()
	is_complete_scc()
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	is_syntactic_terminal_scc()

      Beware that the costly is_weak_scc() function introduced in Spot
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      In a future version we will offer some reporting script that turn
      such JSON output into various tables and graphs, and these change
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    - org-mode files used to generate the documentation about
      command-line tools (shown at http://spot.lip6.fr/userdoc/tools.html)
      is distributed in doc/org/.  The resulting html files are also
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    - A new "Compositional Suspension" tab has been added to experiment
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  * Benchmarks:

    - See bench/spin13/README for instructions to reproduce our Spin'13
      benchmark for the compositional suspension.

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    - the class ltl::ltl_simplifier now has an option to rewrite Boolean
      subformulaes as irredundante-sum-of-product during the simplification
      of any LTL/PSL formula.  The service is also available as a method
      ltl_simplifier::boolean_to_isop() that applies this rewriting
      to a Boolean formula and implements a cache.
      ltlfilt as a new option --boolean-to-isop to try to apply the
      above rewriting from the command-line:
      	    % ltlfilt --boolean-to-isop -f 'GF((a->b)&(b->c))'
	    GF((!a & !b) | (b & c))
      This is currently not used anywhere else in the library.
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    - 'ltl2tgba --high' is documented to be the same as 'ltl2tgba',
      but by default ltl2tgba forgot to enable LTL simplifications based
      on language containment, which --high do enable.  There are now
      enabled by default.
    - the on-line ltl2tgba.html interface failed to output monitors,
      testing automata, and generalized testing automata due to two
      issues with the Python bindings.  It also used to display
      Testing Automaton Options when the desired output was set to Monitor.
    - bench/ltl2tgba would not work in a VPATH build.
    - a typo caused some .dir-locals.el configuration parameters to be
      silently ignored by emacs
    - improved Doxygen comments for formula_to_bdd, bdd_to_formula,
      and bdd_dict.
    - src/tgbatest/ltl2tgba (not to be confused with src/bin/ltl2tgba)
      would have a memory leak when passed the conflicting option -M
      and -O.  It probably has many other problems.  Do not use
      src/tgbatest/ltl2tgba if you are not writing a test case for
      Spot.  Use src/bin/ltl2tgba instead.
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    - Two executions of the simulation reductions could produce
      two isomorphic automata, but with transitions in a different
      order.
    - ltlcross did not diagnose write errors to temporary files,
      and certain versions of g++ would warn about it.
    - "P0.init" is parsed as an atomic even without the double quotes,
      but it was always output with double quotes.  This version will
      not quote this atomic proposition anymore.
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      (instead of binary operators) when placed in double quotes, but
      on output they were output without quotes, making the result
      unparsable.
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      This is not the case anymore.
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    - Four new LTL simplifications rules:
        GF(a|Xb) = GF(a|b)
        GF(a|Fb) = GF(a|b)
        FG(a&Xb) = FG(a&b)
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      of its execution.
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      read atomic propositions that are not of the form p1, p2...
      This makes it possible to process formulas written in
      ltl2dstar's syntax.
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    - lbtt has been removed from the distribution.  A copy of the last
      version we distributed is still available at
        http://spot.lip6.fr/dl/lbtt-1.2.1a.tar.gz
      and our test suite will use it if it is installed, but the same
      tests are already performed by ltlcross.
    - the bench/ltl2tgba/ benchmark, that used lbtt to compare various
      LTL-to-Büchi translators, has been updated to use ltlcross.  It
      now output summary tables in LaTeX.  Support for Modella (no
      longer available online), and Wring (requires a too old Perl
      version) have been dropped.
    - the half-baked and underdocumented "Event TGBA" support in
      src/evtgba*/ has been removed, as it was last worked on in 2004.
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  * License change: Spot is now distributed using GPL v3+ instead
    of GPL v2+.  This is because we started using some third-party
    files distributed under GPL v3+.

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    Useful command-line tools are now installed in addition to the
    library.  Some of these tools were originally written for our test
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    parsing, saner defaults, and they come with man pages.

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    - genltl:   Generate LTL formulas from scalable patterns.
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                This offers 20 patterns so far.

    - randltl:  Generate random LTL/PSL formulas.

    - ltlfilt:  Filter lists of formulas according to several criteria
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		for formulas, this can also be used to convert
		files of formulas between different syntaxes, apply
		some simplifications, check whether to formulas are
		equivalent, ...
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                translation: do you you favor deterministic or smaller
                automata?
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    - ltl2tgta: Translate LTL/PSL formulas into Testing Automata.

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                is essentially a Spot-based reimplementation of LBTT
                that supports PSL in addition to LTL, and that can
                output more statistics.
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    An introduction to these tools can be found on-line at
      http://spot.lip6.fr/userdoc/tools.html

    The former test versions of genltl and randltl have been removed
    from the source tree.  The old version of ltl2tgba with its
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    LBTT, we are still using both tools in this release; however this
    is likely to be the last release of Spot that redistributes LBTT.
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  * New features in the Spot library:

    - Support for various flavors of Testing Automata.

      The flavors are:
      + "classical" Testing Automata, as used for instance by
	Geldenhuys and Hansen (Spin'06), using Büchi and
	livelock acceptance conditions.
      + Generalized Testing Automata, extending the previous
	with multiple Büchi acceptance sets.
      + Transition-based Generalized Testing Automata moving Büchi
        acceptance to transitions, and getting rid of livelock
        acceptance conditions by expliciting stuttering self-loops.

      Supporting algorithms include anything required to run
      the automata-theoretic approach using testing automata:

      + dedicated synchronized product
      + dedicated emptiness-check for TA and GTA, as these
        may require two passes because of the two kinds of
	acceptance, while a TGTA can be checked for emptiness
	with the same one-pass algorithm as a TGBA.
      + conversion from a TGBA to any of the above kind, with
        options to reduce these automata with bisimulation,
	and to produce a BA/GBA that require a single pass
	(at the expense of determinism).
      + output in dot format for display

      A discussion of these automata, part of Ala Eddine BEN SALEM's
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    - TGBA can now be reduced by Reverse Simulation (in addition to
      the Direct Simulation introduced in 0.9).  A function called
      iterated_simulations() will alternate direct and reverse
      simulations in a loop as long as it diminishes the size of the
      automaton.

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      example of use, is_weak_scc() will tell whether an SCC is
      inherently weak (all its cycles are accepting, or none of them
      are).
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    - parse_lbt() will parse an LTL formula expressed in the prefix
      syntax used (at least) by LBT, LBTT and Scheck.
      to_lbt_string() can be used to print an LTL formula using this
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      Wring's syntax.

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      In lenient mode, any (...) or {...} block that cannot be parsed
      as formula will be assumed to be an atomic proposition.
      For instance the input (a < b) U (process[2]@ok), normally
      flagged as a syntax error, is read as "a < b" U "process[2]@ok"
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      minimization it cases it would produce a deterministic automaton
      that is bigger than the original TGBA.  This can help
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    - new functions is_deterministic() and count_nondet_states()
      (The count of nondeterministic states is now displayed on
      automata generated with the web interface.)

    - A new class, "postprocessor", makes it easier to apply
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  * Minor changes:

    - The '*' operator can (again) be used as an AND in LTL formulas.
      This is for compatibility with formula written in Wring's
      syntax.  However inside SERE it is interpreted as the Kleen
      star.

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      double-quote complex atomic propositions (that was not valid
      Spin input anyway).   For instance F"foo == 2" used to be
      output as <>"foo == 2".  We now output <>(foo == 2) instead.
      The latter syntax is understood by Spin 6.  It can be read
      back by Spot in lenient mode (see above).

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    - It can run ltl3ba (Babiak et al., TACAS'12) where available.
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    - The unicity hash table of BuDDy has been separated separated
      node table for better cache-friendliness.  The resulting speedup
      is around 5% on BDD-intensive algorithms.
    - A new BDD operation, called bdd_implies() has been added to
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      had always been performed on-the-fly so far) available.  This
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    - The CGI script running for ltl2tgba.html will correctly timeout
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      due to a bug in the definition of product with symbolic
      automata.
    - The Makefile.am of BuDDy, LBTT, and Spot have been adjusted to
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    number of deterministic automata produced.
    See lbtt/NEWS for the list of other differences with the original
    version of LBTT 1.2.1.
  * The Couvreur/FM translator has learned two new tricks.  These only
    help to speedup the translation by not issuing states or
    acceptance conditions that would be latter suppresed by other
    optimizations.
    - The translation rules used to translate subformulae of the G
      operator have been adjusted not to produce useless loops
      already implied by G.  This generalizes the "GF" trick
      presented in Couvreur's original FM'99 paper.
    - Promises generated for formula of the form P(a U (b U c))
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    - The random SERE generator was using the wrong operators
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      or based on language containment checks, caused BDD variables
      to be allocated in an "unnatural" order, resulting in a slower
      translation and a less optimal degeneralization.
    - When ltl2tgba reads a neverclaim, it now considers the resulting
      TGBA as a Büchi automaton, and will display double circles in
      the dotty output.
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      Expressions (SERE), and a couple of operators to bridge SERE and
      LTL.  See doc/tl/tl.pdf for the list of operators and their
      semantics.
    - Formula rewritings have been completely revamped, and augmented
      with rules for PSL operators (and some new LTL rules as well).
      See doc/tl/tl.pdf for the list of the rewritings implemented.
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    - The src/ltltest/randltl tool can now generate random SEREs
      and random PSL formulae.
    - Only one translator (ltl2tgba_fm) has been augmented to
      translate the new SERE and PSL operators.  The internal
      translation from SERE to DFA is likely to be rewriten in a
      future version.
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    - The LTL/PSL parser recognizes some UTF-8 characters (like ◇ or
      ∧) as operators, and some output routines now have an UTF-8
      output mode.  Tools like randltl and ltl2tgba have gained an -8
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      a formula in Spin syntax.  By combining this with the aforementioned
      PSL rewriting rules, many PSL formulae that use simple SERE can be
      converted into LTL formulae that can be feed to tools that only
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      where LBTT cannot be built.  The test-suite will skip any
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      simplifications based on associativity, commutativity,
      idempotence, and neutral elements.  See doc/tl/tl.pdf for the
      list of such simplifications.
    - Formula instances now have many methods to inspect their
      properties (membership to syntactic classes, absence of X
      operator, etc...) in constant time.
    - LTL/PSL formulae are now handled everywhere as 'const formula*'
      and not just 'formula*'.  This reflects the true nature of these
      (immutable) formula objects, and cleanups a lot of code.
      Unfortunately, it is a backward incompatible change: you may have
      to add 'const' to a couple of lines in your code, and change
      'ltl::const_vistitor' into 'ltl::visitor' if you have written a
      custom visitor.
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      simulation would only work on degeneralized automata, and yet
      produce results inferior to the new direct simulation introduced
      in this release.  The implementation of delayed simulation was
      unreliable.  The function reduc_tgba_sim() has been kept
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      -R2s, and -R2t are deprecated and all made equivalent to -RDS.
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      The main consequence is that the tgba_explicit type no longuer
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    - Fix a segfault in the compression code used by the -Z
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    - Fix a race condition in the CGI script.
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    - minimize_wdba() could fail to mark some transiant SCCs as accepting,
      producing an automaton that was not fully minimized.
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    - minimize_dfa() could produce incorrect automata, but it is not
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      clear whether this could have had an inpact on WDBA minimization
      (the worse case is that some TGBA would not have been minimized
      when they could).
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    - Fix a make check failure when valgrind is missing.
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  * Only bug fixes:
    - When ltl2tgba is set to perform both WDBA minimization and
      degeneralization, do the latter only if the former failed.
      In previous version, automata were (uselessly) degeneralized
      before WDBA minimization, causing important slowdowns.
    - Fix compilation with Clang 3.0.
    - Fix a Makefile setup causing a "make check" failure on MacOS X.
    - Fix an mkdir error in the CGI script.
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  * Major new features:
    - Spot can read DiVinE models.  See iface/dve2/README for details.
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    - The genltl tool can now output 20 different LTL formula families.
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    - There is a printer and parser for Kripke structures in text format.
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  * Major interface changes:
    - The destructor of all states is now private.  Any code that looks like
      "delete some_state;" will cause an compile error and should be
      updated to "some_state->destroy();".  This new syntax is supported
      since version 0.7.
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  * Minor changes:
    - The dotty_reachable() function has a new option "assume_sba" that
      can be used for rendering automata with state-based acceptance.
      In that case, acceptance states are displayed with a double
      circle. ltl2tgba (both command line and on-line) Use it to display
      degeneralized automata.
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    - The dotty_reachable() function will also display transition
      annotations (as returned by the tgba::transitition_annotation()).
      This can be useful when displaying (small) state spaces.
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    - Identifiers used to name atomic proposition can contain dots.
      E.g.: X.Y is now an atomic proposition, while it was understood
      as X&Y in previous versions.
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    - The Doxygen documentation is no longer built as a PDF file.
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  * Internal improvements:
    - The on-line ltl2tgba CGI script uses a cache to produce faster
      answers.
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    - Better memory management for the states of explicit automata.
      Thanks to the aforementioned ->destroy() change, we can avoid