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bug#29033: [platform-testers] new snapshot available: gzip-1.8.32-4606

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: bug#29033: [platform-testers] new snapshot available: gzip-1.8.32-4606
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2017 20:40:31 -0800

On Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 7:20 PM, Bruno Haible <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi Paul,
>> This is due to a bug in the Linux kernel, when it emulates 32-bit Linux atop 
>> a
>> 64-bit kernel. See:
>> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1419736
> I see, you nailed it down already.
>> I see that Assaf reported the same bug against gzip here:
>> https://bugs.gnu.org/25636#8
>> I don't see an easy way of working around the bug in gzip proper. It will 
>> become
>> a bigger deal when the year 2038 rolls around....
>> I suppose we could skip the test when running in 32-bit mode atop Linux 
>> x86-64,
>> though that sort of misses the point of doing the test.
> The concept of "expected failure" fits here, I think. If the test suite would 
> flag
> this as an XFAIL rather than a FAIL, people would not report it.
> AFAIU from the doc [1], the way to turn a FAIL into an XFAIL is to add 
> something
> like this in the Makefile.am:
>   if $host is x86_64-*-linux* and $HOST_CPU_C_ABI is i386
>   XFAIL_TESTS += timestamp
>   fi
> Bruno
> [1] 
> https://www.gnu.org/software/automake/manual/html_node/Scripts_002dbased-Testsuites.html

Thanks to both of you.
FYI, the timestamp test also fails on e.g., the Solaris 5.11 i386 platform.

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