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Re: a coreutils release is imminent

From: Matthew Woehlke
Subject: Re: a coreutils release is imminent
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 18:24:19 -0500
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Jim Meyering wrote:
Now that all of the tests are once again passing on the coreutils
build-bot, I expect to make a coreutils release in the next day or two.
There is still a minor problem in that users of Solaris ZFS file systems
NFS-mounted on non-Solaris systems will see that cp -p sometimes tries to
copy ACLs when it shouldn't, but that's not worth holding up the release.

In the mean time, here's the latest snapshot:


Please build it and run "make -k check" on a few unusual
systems today or tomorrow and report any problems.  That might
save someone (yourself, even) some trouble down the road.

This is looking to be the best coreutils yet (nice work on getting Darwin clean!), but it still fails to pass 'make check' on four of my platforms...


sparc-sun-solaris2.10      OK
sparc-sun-solaris2.7       OK
i386-pc-solaris2.10        OK
i686-pc-linux-gnu          OK (linux 2.4.21-20.ELsmp, glibc 2.3.2-95.27)
x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu   OK (linux 2.4.21-37.ELsmp, glibc 2.3.2-95.37)
ia64-unknown-linux-gnu     OK (linux 2.4.18-e.27smp,  glibc 2.2.4-32.11)
ia64-hp-hpux11.22          FAIL (sort-compress*)
hppa2.0w-hp-hpux11.00      OK
powerpc-ibm-aix5.1.0.0     BUILD FAILURE (lib/xstrndup)
powerpc-apple-darwin8.8.0  OK
i386-apple-darwin8.8.1     OK
mips-sgi-irix6.5           FAIL (tty-eof)
alphaev56-dec-osf4.0g      FAIL
nsr-tandem-nskG06          I wish :-)

NOTE: All tests were run as non-root on an NFS volume. chgrp tests were skipped.

(*...ate my buffer, so I can't tell what else, if anything, failed. I will re-run tomorrow and follow up with a more verbose report.)


I have *NO* c99-compatible compiler on sparc/Solaris, at least configure is not detecting it properly. This includes the most recent one I have available, 'cc: Sun WorkShop 6 update 2 C 5.3 2001/05/15'! It looks suspiciously like my compiler may be broken.

sort-compress still fails with a low process limit (e.g. my OSF system)... I thought this was fixed? It also failed on ia64/hpux.

There is (still) a really annoying problem with the perl detection that leads to "can't find strict.pm" problems; maybe we could check that perl is *usable*, not just if it exists? Because of this it isn't clear how many test failures are spurious. (It's also unfortunate that so many tests need perl; perl isn't fun to build... so far every time I've considered trying it I've given up.) For now I'm not even going to try to chase the OSF test failures, this needs to be addressed first.

On AIX: '"xstrndup.c", line 33.11: 1506-196 (S) Initialization between types "char*" and "int" is not allowed.'... wasn't this fixed?

"What a wonderful smell you've discovered!" -- Princess Leia Organa

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