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bug#11424: coreutils: split tests hang on /dev/zero on GNU/Hurd

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: bug#11424: coreutils: split tests hang on /dev/zero on GNU/Hurd
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 08:36:38 +0200

Paul Eggert wrote:

> On 05/09/2012 03:14 AM, Jim Meyering wrote:
>> I think Pádraig's question about dd's skip seeking to EOF on an
>> actual tape device is the most important to address.
> Yes indeed, I think that part of my change should be backed out
> at least for now (so close before a release).
> Part of the issue is that it's not clear what lseek (fd, N, SEEK_SET)
> does on tape devices where N exceeds the length of the file.  My
> vague recollection is that such lseeks return L, where L is the
> file length, but I can't cite chapter and verse on that right now.
> This would suggest further fixes in this area -- but later.
>> Your stat.c change is actually a bug fix, so I'd prefer to
>> put it in a separate commit.  I did that for you.  Let me know
>> if the change below is ok and I'll push it -- or you're welcome
>> to make any change you'd like and push it yourself.
> Yes, please push that.  I'll try to squeeze some time free
> to look at this in the next day or two.

I see you pushed it.
Thanks for adding that line to NEWS:

 stat no longer reports a negative file size as a huge positive number.
+[bug present since 'stat' was introduced in fileutils-4.1.9]

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