Public release of LyX version 1.6.10

We are pleased to announce the release of LyX 1.6.10. This is the 11th
and final maintenance release in the 1.6.x series.

LyX 1.6.10 concludes the successful 1.6 series, which has been our stable
series for the past two and a half years. The most notable new feature of
this version is that it is able to read and import documents of our new
stable series, LyX 2.0.x. This is for the benefit of users who want to
stick with LyX 1.6.x for the time being, but still want to cooperate with
users of the new version. Note that LyX 1.6.10 still writes the 1.6 format,
so it cannot produce (but only interpret) LyX 2.0's new features.

Read on below what has been changed and fixed in this version apart from that.
Remaining known problems are listed in the file RELEASE-NOTES.

Anyone who intends to stick with the 1.6 series is strongly encouraged to
upgrade to this version.

In case you are wondering what LyX is, here is what has to say on the subject:

   LyX is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing
   based on the structure of your documents, not their appearance. It
   is released under a Free Software/Open Source license.

   LyX is for people that write and want their writing to look great,
   right out of the box. No more endless tinkering with formatting
   details, 'finger painting' font attributes or futzing around with
   page boundaries. You just write. In the background, Prof. Knuth's
   legendary TeX typesetting engine makes you look good.

   On screen, LyX looks like any word processor; its printed output --
   or richly cross-referenced PDF, just as readily produced -- looks
   like nothing else. Gone are the days of industrially bland .docs,
   all looking similarly not-quite-right, yet coming out unpredictably
   different on different printer drivers. Gone are the crashes
   'eating' your dissertation the evening before going to press.

   LyX is stable and fully featured. It is a multi-platform, fully
   internationalized application running natively on Unix/Linux, the
   Macintosh and modern Windows platforms.

You can download LyX 1.6.10 here (the .bz2 are compressed with bzip2,
which yields smaller files):

and it should propagate shortly to the following mirrors (which will
also host the .bz2 versions):

Prebuilt binaries (rpms for Linux distributions, Mac OS X and Windows
installers) should soon be available at:

If you already have the sources of the previous release (1.6.8), you may
want to apply one of the following patches instead:

Note that for this release, some binaries have been added that are not 
by the patch.

If you find what you think is a bug in LyX 1.6.10, you may either
e-mail the LyX developers' mailing list (lyx-devel <at>,
or open a bug report at

If you're having trouble using the new version of LyX, or have a
question, first check out If you can't find
the answer there, e-mail the LyX users' list (lyx-users <at>


The LyX team.

What's new in version 1.6.10?

** Updates:


- Read files produced by LyX 2.0.

- Run biber instead of bibtex if requested (bug 7281).


- New Swedish translation of the Splash and the Shortcuts manual.

- Updated French translation of the Tutorial and the User Guide.

- Updated Czech, French, German, Hungarian,Italian, Japanese, Portuguese,
  Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian User Interface Localization.

** Bug fixes:


- Protect the math commands \overset and \underset in fragile context
  (bug 7252).

- When exporting, alert about uncodable characters in ERT insets (bug 7310).

- When exporting, alert about uncodable characters in child docs (bug 7326).

- Prevent LaTeX error when toggling hyperref (bug 7344).


- Fix corruption of localized messages while changing color preferences,
  which could result in a non-functional lyx instance, an assertion and
  dataloss (bug 7371).

- Fix a crash when editing the name of an unknown math macro with an argument
  which is immediately followed by another unknown math macro (bug 7316).
- Fix a crash when loading a document with instant previewed math that
  could not succesfully be previewed (bug 7263).

- Fix a crash when requesting the wrong context menu due to paragraphs that
  are automatically removed between the mouse press and release (bug 7209).

- Fix a crash when moving the cursor up when there is an inset right
  above cursor which is not placed at the beginning of the line (bug 7261).
- Fix a crash when deleting an inset and using -dbg any (bug 7376).

- Fix assertion when selecting with shift+click immediately after reverse
  search, accept/reject all changes, or page down/up operations (bug 7394).

- Show mnemonics in context menus that are requested by the keyboard
  key (only Windows; bug 5414).

- Fix broken commits in VCS when message contains quotes (bug 7338).

- Issue a warning when an included file could not be loaded (bug 7343).

- Fix freezing of LyX at samba shares (bug 5891).

- Fix deletion of empty last row for \smallmatrix (part of bug 7484).


- Fix compilation with gcc 4.6 (bug 7285).

- Fix reconfigure script: allow LaTeX-less install of LyX under Windows.

- Do not configure LyX to use "sensible-editor" as a text editor/viewer,
  since this is not necessarily a GUI editor (bug 7448).

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