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New in spot 2.0.3a (not yet released)
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  Command-line tools:

  * ltldo has a new option --errors=... to specify how to deal
    with errors from executed tools.

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  * autfilt has several new options to filter automata by count of
    SCCs (--sccs=RANGE) or by type of SCCs (--accepting-sccs=RANGE,
    --rejecting-sccs=RANGE, trivial-sccs=RANGE, --terminal-sccs=RANGE,
    --weak-sccs=RANGE, --inherently-weak-sccs=RANGE).

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  * autfilt --remove-unused-ap can be used to remove atomic
    proposition that are declared in the input automaton, but not
    actually used.  This of course makes sense only for input/output
    formats that declare atomic proposition (HOA & DSTAR).

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  * autfilt has two new options to filter automata by count of used or
    unused atomic propositions: --used-ap=RANGE --unused-ap=RANGE.
    These differ from --ap=RANGE that only consider *declared* atomic
    propositions, regardless of whether they are actually used.

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  * autfilt can filter automata by count of nondeterministsic states
    with --nondet-states=RANGE.

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  * autfilt has two new options to highlight non-determinism:
    --highlight-nondet-states=NUM and --highlight-nondet-states=NUM
    where NUM is a color number.  Additionally --highlight-nondet=NUM
    is a shorthand for using the two.

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  * autfilt can now highlight a run matching a given word using the
    --highlight-word=[NUM,]WORD option.  However currently this only
    work on automata with Fin-less acceptance.

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  * ltlcross and ltldo have 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.

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  * genltl has learned three new families: --dac-patterns=1..45,
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    --eh-patterns=1..12, and --sb-patterns=1..27.  Unlike other options
    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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    Holzmann (Concur'00), Somenzi & Bloem (CAV'00).
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  * genltl has two additional options, --positive and --negative, to
    control wether formulas should be output after negation or not (or
    both).

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  * Arguments passed to -x (in ltl2tgba, ltl2tgta, autfilt, dstar2tgba)
    that are not used are now reported as they might be typos.
    This ocurred a couple of times in our test-suite.  A similar
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    check is done for the arguments of autfilt --sat-minimize=...
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  Library:

  * 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
    future.

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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
    documented at https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/hoa.html#extensions

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  * highlight_nondet_states() and highlight_nondet_edges() are
    new functions that define the above two named properties.

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  * is_deterministic(), is_terminal(), is_weak(), and
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    is_inherently_weak(), count_nondet_states(),
    highlight_nondet_edges(), highlight_nondet_states() will update
    the corresponding properties of the automaton as a side-effect of
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    their check.
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  * language_containment_checker now has default values for all
    parameters of its constructor.

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  * spot::twa_run has a new method, project(), that can be used to
    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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  Python:

  * The __format__() method for formula support the same
    operator-rewritting feature introduced in ltldo and ltlcross.
    So "{:[i]s}".format(f) is the same as
    "{:s}".format(f.unabbreviate("i")).

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  * Bindings for language_containment_checker were added.

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  * Under IPython the spot.ltsmin modules now offers a
    %%pml magic to define promela models, compile them
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    with spins, and dynamically load them.   This is
    akin to the %%dve magic that was already supported.

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  Documentation:

  * 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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  * The concepts.html page now lists all named properties
    used by automata.
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  Bug fixes:

  * 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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New in spot 2.0.3 (2016-07-11)
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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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    efficient at reducing automata (on the average).
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  * The generalized testing automata displayed by the online
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    translator were incorrect (those output by ltl2tgta were OK).
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  * ltl2tgta should not offer options --ba, --monitor, --tgba and such.
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  * the relabel() function could incorrectly unregister old atomic
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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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  Bug fixes:

  * Fix compilation error observed with Clang++ 3.7.1 and GCC 6.1.1
    headers.
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  * Fix an infinite recursion in relabel_bse().
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  * Various small typos and cosmetic cleanups.
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New in spot 2.0.1 (2016-05-09)
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  * twa::unregister_ap() and twa_graph::remove_unused_ap() are new
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    methods introduced to fix some of the bugs listed below.
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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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    command-line tools.

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  Python:

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

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  Bug fixes:

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  * The automaton parser would choke on comments like /******/.
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  * check_strength() should also set negated properties.
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  * Fix autfilt to apply --simplify-exclusive-ap only after
    the simplifications of (--small/--deterministic) have
    been performed.
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  * The automaton parser did not fully register atomic propositions
    for automata read from never claim or as LBTT.
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  * spot::ltsmin::kripke() had the same issue.
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  * The sub_stats_reachable() function used to count the number
    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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  * print_hoa() will now output all the atomic propositions that have
    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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    will now unregister atomic propositions that are no longer
    used in labels.   Simplification of exclusive properties
    and remove_ap::strip() will do similarly.
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  * bench/ltl2tgba/ was not working since the source code
    reorganization of 1.99.7.
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  * Various typos and minor documentation fixes.
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New in spot 2.0 (2016-04-11)
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  Command-line tools:

  * ltlfilt now also support the --accept-word=WORD and
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    --reject-word=WORD options that were introduced in autfilt in the
    previous version.
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  Python:

  * The output of spot.atomic_prop_collect() is printable and
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    can now be passed directly to spot.ltsmin.model.kripke().
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  Library:

  * digraph::valid_trans() renamed to digraph::is_valid_edge().

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  Documentation:

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  * The concepts page (https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/concepts.html) now
    includes a highlevel description of the architecture, and some
    notes aboute automata properties.

  * More Doxygen documentation for spot::formula and spot::digraph.
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New in spot 1.99.9 (2016-03-14)
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  Command-line tools:

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  * autfilt has two new options: --accept-word=WORD and
    --reject-word=WORD for filtering automata that accept or reject
    some word.  The option may be used multiple times.
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  * The parse_word() function can be used to parse a lasso-shaped
    word and build a twa_word.  The twa_word::as_automaton()
    method can be used to create an automaton out of that.
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  * twa::ap_var() renamed to twa::ap_vars().
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  * emptiness_check_instantiator::min_acceptance_conditions() and
    emptiness_check_instantiator::max_acceptance_conditions() renamed
    to emptiness_check_instantiator::min_sets() and
    emptiness_check_instantiator::max_sets().
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  * tgba_reachable_iterator (and subclasses) was renamed to
    twa_reachable_iterator for consistency.
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  Documentation:

  * The page https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/upgrade2.html should help
    people migrating old C++ code written for Spot 1.2.x, and update
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    it for (the upcoming) Spot 2.0.
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  Bug fixes:

  * spot/twaalgos/gtec/gtec.hh was incorrectly installed as
  spot/tgbaalgos/gtec/gtec.hh.
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  * The shared libraries should now compile again on Darwin.
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New in spot 1.99.8 (2016-02-18)
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  * ltl2tgba now also support the --generic option (already supported
    by ltldo and autfilt) to lift any restriction on the acceptance
    condition produced.  This option now has a short version: -G.

  * ltl2tgba and autfilt have learnt how to determinize automata.
    For this to work, --generic acceptance should be enabled (this
    is the default for autfilt, but not for ltl2tgba).

    "ltl2tgba -G -D" will now always outpout a deterministic automaton.
    It can be an automaton with transition-based parity acceptance in
    case Spot could not find a deterministic automaton with (maybe
    generalized) Büchi acceptance.

    "ltl2tgba -D" is unchanged (the --tgba acceptance is the default),
    and will output a deterministic automaton with (generalized) Büchi
    acceptance only if one could be found.  Otherwise a
    non-deterministic automaton is output, but this does NOT mean that
    no deterministic Büchi automaton exist for this formula.  It only
    means Spot could not find it.

    "autfilt -D" will determinize any automaton, because --generic
    acceptance is the default for autfilt.

    "autfilt -D --tgba" will behave like "ltl2tgba -D", i.e., it may
    fail to find a deterministic automaton (even if one exists) and
    return a nondeterministic automaton.

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  * "autfilt --complement" now also works for non-deterministic
    automata but will output a deterministic automaton.
    "autfilt --complement --tgba" will likely output a
    nondeterministic TGBA.

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  * autfilt has a new option, --included-in, to filter automata whose
    language are included in the language of a given automaton.

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  * autfilt has a new option, --equivalent-to, to filter automata
    that are equivalent (language-wise) to a given automaton.

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  * ltlcross has a new option --determinize to instruct it to
    complement non-deterministic automata via determinization.  This
    option is not enabled by default as it can potentially be slow and
    generate large automata.  When --determinize is given, option
    --product=0 is implied, since the tests based on products with
    random state-space are pointless for deterministic automata.

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  * ltl2tgba and ltldo now support %< and %> in the string passed
    to --stats when reading formulas from a CSV file.

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  * ltlfilt's option --size-min=N, --size-max=N, --bsize-min=N, and
    --bsize-max=N have been reimplemented as --size=RANGE and
    --bsize=RANGE.  The old names are still supported for backward
    compatibility, but they are not documented anymore.

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  * ltlfilt's option --ap=N can now take a RANGE as parameter.

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  * autfilt now has a --ap=RANGE option to filter automata by number
    of atomic propositions.

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  Library:

  * Building products with different dictionaries now raise an
    exception instead of using an assertion that could be disabled.

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  * The load_ltsmin() function has been split in two.  Now you should
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    first call ltsmin_model::load(filename) to create an ltsmin_model,
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    automaton that can be iterated on the fly.  The intermediate
    object can be queried about the supported variables and their
    types.
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  * print_dot() now accepts several new options:
    - use "<N" to specify a maximum number of states to output.
      Incomplete states are then marked appropriately.  For a quick
      example, compare
	ltl2tgba -D 'Ga | Gb | Gc' -d'<3'
      with
        ltl2tgba -D 'Ga | Gb | Gc' -d
    - use "C(color)" to specify the color to use for filling states.
    - use "#" to display the internal number of each transition
    - use "k" to use state-based labels when possible.  This is
      similar to the "k" option already supported by print_hoa(), and
      is useful when printing Kripke structures.
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  * Option "k" is automatically used by print_dot() and print_hoa()
    when printing Kripke structures.
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  * print_dot() also honnor two new automaton properties called
    "highlight-edges" and "highlight-states".  These are used to color
    a subset of edges or transitions.

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  * There is a new tgba_determinize() function.  Despite its name, it
    in facts works on transition-based Büchi automaton, and will first
    degeneralize any automaton with generalized Büchi acceptance.

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  * The twa_safra_complement class has been removed.  Use
    tgba_determinize() and dtwa_complement() instead.

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  * The twa::transition_annotation() and
    twa::compute_support_conditions() methods have been removed.
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  * The interface for all functions parsing formulas (LTL, PSL, SERE,
    etc.) has been changed to use an interface similar to the one used
    for parsing automata.  These function now return a parsed_formula
    object that includes both a formula and a list of syntax errors.

    Typically a function written as

       spot::formula read(std::string input)
       {
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	  spot::formula f = spot::parse_infix_psl(input, pel);
	  if (spot::format_parse_errors(std::cerr, input, pel))
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	  return f;
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       spot::formula read(std::string input)
       {
	  spot::parsed_formula pf = spot::parse_infix_psl(input);
	  if (pf.format_errors(std::cerr))
	    exit(2);
	  return pf.f;
       }

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  * The ltsmin interface has been binded in Python.  It also
    comes with a %%dve cell magic to edit DiVinE models in the notebook.
    See https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/ipynb/ltsmin.html for a short example.
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  * spot.setup() sets de maximum number of states to display in
    automata to 50 by default, as more states is likely to be
    unreadable (and slow to process by GraphViz).  This can be
    overridden by calling spot.setup(max_states=N).

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  * Automata now have methods to color selected states and
    transitions.  See
    https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/ipynb/highlighting.html for an example.

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  Documentation:

  * There is a new page giving informal illustrations (and extra
    pointers) for some concepts used in Spot.
    See https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/concepts.html
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  * Using ltl2tgba -U would fail to output the unambiguous property
    (regression introduced in 1.99.7)
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  * ltlfilt, autfilt, randltl, and randaut could easily crash when
    compiled statically (i.e., with configure --disable-shared).
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  * "1 U (a | Fb)" was not always simplified to "F(a | b)".
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  * destroying the operands of an otf_product() before the product
    itself could crash.
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New in spot 1.99.7 (2016-01-15)
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  Command-line tools:

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  * BACKWARD INCOMPATIBLE CHANGE: All tools that output automata now
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    use the HOA format by default instead of the GraphViz output.
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    This makes it easier to pipe several commands together.
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    If you have an old script that relies on GraphViz being the default
    output and that you do not want to update it, use
       export SPOT_DEFAULT_FORMAT=dot
    to get the old behavior back.

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  * Tools that output automata now accept -d as a shorthand for --dot
    since requesting the GraphViz (a.k.a. dot) output by hand is now
    more frequent.
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    randaut's short option for specifying edge-density used to be -d:
    it has been renamed to -e.
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  * The SPOT_DEFAULT_FORMAT environment variable can be set to 'dot'
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    or 'hoa' to force a default output format for automata.  Additional
    options may also be added, as in SPOT_DEFAULT_FORMAT='hoa=iv'.
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  * autfilt has a new option: --is-inherently-weak.

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  * The --check=strength option of all tools that produce automata
    will also test if an automaton is inherently weak.

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  * Installed headers now assume that they will be included as
    #include <spot/subdir/header.hh>
    instead of
    #include <subdir/header.hh>

    This implies that when Spot headers are installed in
    /usr/include/spot/... (the default when using the Debian packages)
    or /usr/local/include/spot/... (the default when compiling from
    source), then it is no longuer necessary to add
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    -I/usr/include/spot or -I/usr/local/include/spot when compiling,
    as /usr/include and /usr/local/include are usually searched by
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    Inside the source distribution, the subdirectory src/ has been
    renamed to spot/, so that the root of the source tree can also be
    put on the preprocessor's search path to compile against a
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    non-installed version of Spot.  Similarly, iface/ltsmin/ has been
    renamed to spot/ltsmin/, so that installed and non-installed
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  * twa::~twa() is now calling
      get_dict()->unregister_all_my_variable(this);
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  * is_inherently_weak_automaton() is a new function, and
    check_strength() has been modified to also check inherently weak
    automata.

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  * decompose_strength() is now extracting inherently weak SCCs
    instead of just weak SCCs.  This gets rid of some corner cases
    that used to require ad hoc handling.

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  * acc_cond::acc_code's methods append_or(), append_and(), and
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    deterministic, weak, stutter-invariant, etc.) are now stored using
    three-valued logic: in addition to "maybe"/"yes" they can now also
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    support of the HOA v1.1 format, but it also saves time in some
    algorithms (e.g, is_deterministic() can now return immediately on
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  * The automaton parser now accept negated properties as they will be
    introduced in HOA v1.1, and will check for some inconsistencies.
    These properties are stored and used when appropriate, but they
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  * Iterating over the transitions leaving a state (the
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  * There is a new page explaining how to compile example programs and
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    demonstrated by https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/ipynb/acc_cond.html,
    and a Python implementation of the product of two automata is
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  * A lot of directories have been shuffled around in the
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      src/                   ->  spot/    (see rational above)
      iface/ltsmin/  (code)  ->  spot/ltsmin/
      wrap/python/           ->  python/
      src/tests/             ->  tests/core/
      src/sanity/            ->  tests/sanity/
      iface/ltsmin/  (tests) ->  tests/ltsmin/
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    appropriate.  Without this option, these properties may only be
    set as a side-effect of running transformations that use this
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  * Properties of automata (like the "properties:" line of the HOA
    format) are stored as bits whose interpretation is True=yes,
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    "aut->is_unambiguous()" was confusing, because there are separate
    functions "is_deterministic(aut)" and "is_unambiguous(aut)" that
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    do actually check the automaton.  The getters have been renamed to
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    - twa::has_state_based_acc() -> twa::prop_state_acc()
    - twa::prop_state_based_acc(bool) -> twa::prop_state_acc(bool)
    - twa::is_inherently_weak() -> twa::prop_inherently_weak()
    - twa::is_deterministic() -> twa::prop_deterministic()
    - twa::is_unambiguous() -> twa::prop_unambiguous()
    - twa::is_stutter_invariant() -> twa::prop_stutter_invariant()
    - twa::is_stutter_sensitive() -> twa::prop_stutter_sensitive()

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    The setters have the same names as the getters, except they take a
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  * Automata now support the "weak" and "terminal" properties in
    addition to the previously supported "inherently-weak".

  * By default the HOA printer tries not to bloat the output with
    properties that are redundant and probably useless.  The HOA
    printer now has a new option "v" (use "-Hv" from the command line)
    to output more verbose "properties:".  This currently includes
    outputing "no-univ-branch", outputting "unambiguous" even for
    automata already tagged as "deterministic", and "inherently-weak"
    or "weak" even for automata tagged "weak" or "terminal".
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    automaton built as an explicit product.  This works in IPython
    with spot.product() or spot.product_or() and in the shell with
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    positive integer that will be added to all set numbers in the
    output.  This is convenient when displaying two automata before
    building their product: use +N to shift the displayed sets of the
    second automaton by the number of acceptance sets N of the first
    one.

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  * The sat minimization for DTωA now does a better job at selecting
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    reference automata when the output acceptance is the the same as
    the input acceptance.  This can provide nice speedups when tring
    to syntethise larged automata with different acceptance
    conditions.

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  * Explicit Kripke structures (i.e., stored as explicit graphs) have
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    to the twa class.  The new class is called kripke_graph.  The ad
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    now use print_hoa() with the "k" option to print Kripke structure
    in the HOA format, and furthermore the parse_aut() function now
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    containing dots, as this will be allowed in the next version of
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    one of --small, --deterministic, or --any is given, the
    optimization level automatically defaults to --high (unless
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  * autfilt, dstar2tgba, ltlcross, and ltldo now trust the (supported)
    automaton properties declared in any HOA file they read.  This can
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  * dtgba_complement() was renamed to dtwa_complement(), moved to
    complement.hh, and its purpose was restricted to just completing
    the automaton and complementing its acceptance condition.  Any
    further acceptance condition transformation can be done with
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  * The remove_fin() has learnt how to better deal with automata that
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  * scc_filter_states() has learnt to remove useless acceptance marks
    that are on transitions between SCCs, while preserving state-based
    acceptance.  The most visible effect is in the output of "ltl2tgba
    -s XXXa": it used to have 5 accepting states, it now has only one.
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      automaton_stream_parser::parse_strict().

  * The output of the automaton parser now include the list of parse
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    twa_succ_iterator::current_state -> twa_succ_iterator::dst
    twa_succ_iterator::current_condition -> twa_succ_iterator::cond
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  * spot.postprocess(aut, *options), or aut.postprocess(*options)
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  * spot.automata() and spot.automaton() now have additional
    optional arguments:
    - timeout: to restrict the runtime of commands that
      produce automata
    - trust_hoa: can be set to False to ignore HOA properties
      that cannot be easily verified
    - ignore_abort: can be set to False if you do not want to
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  Documentation:

  * There is a new page showing how to use spot::postprocessor
    to convert any type of automaton to Büchi.
    https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/tut30.html

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  * Recognize "nullptr" formulas as None in Python.
  * Fix compilation of bench/stutter/
  * Handle saturation of formula reference counts.
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  * autfilt's --sat-minimize now takes a "colored" option to constrain
    all transitions (or states) in the output automaton to belong to
    exactly one acceptance sets.  This is useful when targeting parity
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  * autfilt has a new --product-or option.  This builds a synchronized
    product of two (completed of needed) automata in order to
    recognize the *sum* of their languages.  This works by just using
    the disjunction of their acceptance conditions (with appropriate
    renumbering of the acceptance sets).

    For consistency, the --product option (that builds a synchronized
    product that recognizes the *intersection* of the languages) now
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    - autfilt and dstar2tgba (despite its name) can now both read
      automata written in any of the four supported syntaxes
      (ltl2dstar's, lbtt's, HOA, never claim).
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      lambda function) and apply it to the nodes of the tree.
    - As a consequence, writing algorithms that manipulate formula
      is more friendly, and several algorithms that spanned a few
      pages have been reduced to a few lines.
    The page https://spot.lrde.epita.fr/tut03.html illustrates the
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  * Directories ltlast/, ltlenv/, and ltlvisit/, have been merged into
    a single tl/ directory (for temporal logic).  This is motivated by
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  * The dupexp_dfs() function has been renamed to copy(), and has
    learned to preserve named states if required.

  * Atomic propositions can be declared without going through an
    environment using the spot::formula::ap() static function.  They
    can be registered for an automaton directly using the
    spot::twa::register_ap() method.  The vector of atomic
    propositions used by an automaton can now be retrieved using the
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    to the new TωA structure supporting the HOA format.  The DRA->TGBA
    conversion was reimplemented in the previous release, and the
    DRA->BA conversion has been reimplemented in this release (but it
    is still restricted to state-based acceptance).  All these
    conversions are called automatically by to_generalized_buchi()
    or remove_fin() so there should be no need to call them directly.

    As a consequence:
    - "autfilt --remove-fin" or "autfilt -B" is better at converting
      state-based Rabin automata: it will produce a DBA if the input is
      deterministic and DBA-realizable, but will preserve as much
      determinism as possible otherwise.
    - a lot of obsolete code that was here only to support the old
      conversion routines has been removed.  (The number of lines
      removed by this release is twice the number of lines added.)
    - ltlcross now uses automata in ltl2dstar's format directly,
      without converting them to Büchi (this makes the statistics
      reported in CSV files more relevant).
    - ltlcross no longer outputs additional columns about the size
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      tools) are now diagnosed.
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    - ltlgrind --help output had some options documented twice, or
      in the wrong place.
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  * streett_to_generalized_buchi() is a new function that implements
    what its name suggests, with some SCC-based optimizations over the
    naive definition.  It is used by the to_generalized_buchi() and
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    automaton with more than 3 pairs (this threeshold can be changed
    via the SPOT_STREETT_CONV_MIN environment variable -- see the
    spot-x(7) man page for details).

    This is mainly useful to ltlcross, which has to get rid of "Fin"
    acceptance to perform its checks.  As an example, the Streett
    automaton generatated by ltl2dstar (configured with ltl2tgba) for
    the formula
      !((GFa -> GFb) & (GFc -> GFd))
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    has 4307 states and 14 acceptance sets.  The new algorithm can
    translate it into a TGBA with 9754 states and 7 acceptance sets,
    while the default approch used for converting any acceptance
    to TGBA would produce 250967 states and 7 acceptance sets.
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    - the libspotltsmin library is installed.
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      and temporary file names containing a single-quote.
    - a missing Python.h is now diagnosed at ./configure time, with
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      the suggestion to either install python3-devel, or run
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    - Debian packages for libraries have been split from
      the main Spot package, as per Debian guidelines.
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    - Spot now works with automata that can represent more than
      generalized Büchi acceptance.  Older versions were built around
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      (Transition-based ω-Automata).  TωA support arbitrary acceptance
      conditions specified as a Boolean formula of transition sets
      that must be visited infinitely often or finitely often.  This
      genericity allows for instance to represent Rabin or Streett
      automata, as well as some generalized variants of those.

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

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

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      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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      and see if you can reproduce the bug on those.

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

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

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    - ltl2tgba has a new option, -U, to produce unambiguous automata.
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      In unambiguous automata any word is recognized by at most one
      accepting run, but there might be several ways to reject a word.
      This works for LTL and PSL formulas.
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      converting some transition-based GBA into a state-based GBA, so
      they are usually not as small as one would wish.  The same
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    - ltlcross will work with translator producing automata with any
      acceptance condition, provided the output is in the HOA format.
      So it can effectively be used to validate tools producing Rabin
      or Streett automata.

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      ltlcross will also output two extra columns in its CSV/JSON
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      that respectively tells whether the automaton is
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      (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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      formulas with \0.  This helps in conjunction with xargs -0.

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      implies -H for HOA output.  For instance
      	ltl2tgba -H 'formula'
      will declare the output automaton as 'stutter-invariant'
      only if the formula is syntactically stutter-invariant
      (e.g., in LTL\X).  With
        ltl2tgba --check 'formula'
      additional checks will be performed, and the automaton
      will be accurately marked as either 'stutter-invariant'
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      for some existing tools.  So for instance running
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      'ltlcross "spin -f %s>%N" ...'.   This feature is much
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    - We now have Debian packages.
      See http://spot.lrde.epita.fr/install.html

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

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      automata in order to do batch processing.  This format can be
      output by all tools (since Spot 1.2.5) using the --hoa option,
      and it can be read by autfilt (by default) and ltlcross (using
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      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
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      - remove_fin() takes a TωA whose accepting condition uses Fin(x)
	primitive, and produces an equivalent TωA without Fin(x):
	i.e., the output acceptance is a disjunction of generalized
	Büchi acceptance.  This type of acceptance is supported by
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      - similarly, to_tgba() converts any TωA into an automaton with
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      and transitions of an automaton.  It can be used from the
      command-line using "autfilt --randomize".
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    - 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
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      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
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      sets).  The environment variables SPOT_DOTDEFAULT and
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      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
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      new options to produce unambiguous TGBA (used by ltl2tgba -U as
      discussed above).   The function is_unambiguous() will check
      whether an automaton is unambigous, and this is used by
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      has been updated to work with ω-Automaton with any acceptance.
      The input and the output acceptance can be different, so for
      instance it is possible to create a minimal deterministic
      Streett automaton starting from a deterministic Rabin automaton.
      This functionnality is available via autfilt's --sat-minimize
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    - Most of what was called tgba_something is now called
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      This includes functions, classes, file, and directory names.
      For instance the class tgba originally defined in tgba/tgba.hh,
      has been replaced by the class twa defined in twa/twa.hh.

    - the tgba_explicit class has been completely replaced by a more
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      written against the abstract tgba (now twa) interface have been
      rewritten using twa_graph instances as input and output, making
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      to support C++11' range-based for loop, and hide all the above
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	     //     i->current_condition()
	     //     i->current_acceptance_conditions()
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	delete i;

      We now prefer:

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	    //     i->current_condition()
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