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gzip-1.3.10 test failures

From: Nelson H. F. Beebe
Subject: gzip-1.3.10 test failures
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 15:08:55 -0700 (MST)

On 28-Dec-2006, I successfully built, validated, and installed
gzip-1.3.9 on 20+ flavors of Unix in our local test lab.

Today, I attempted to repeat this success with the new gzip-1.3.10,
but got failures like this on Sun Solaris 7 SPARC, SGI IRIX MIPS, DEC
Alpha OSF/1 systems:

        ./zdiff -c gzip.doc.gz gzip.doc.gz
        diff: /dev/fd/3: Bad file number

The problem in each case is that the script begins with "#!/bin/bash",
but /bin/bash does not exist on two of those systems.  The fallback
/bin/sh that is called to run the script does not understand /dev/fd/
devices.  On the other system, Solaris 8, /bin/bash exists and is
version 2.03, which is apparently too old to recognize /dev/fd.

The gzip-1.3.9 release tests all succeeded on these three systems.

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