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Re: problem in Makefile.maint

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: problem in Makefile.maint
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 15:02:15 -0700
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Stepan Kasal <address@hidden> writes:

> (Remember, the problem appears with the latest release from

But no maintainer should be using gzip 1.2.4 any more.  It has serious
correctness and security bugs.  Perhaps we can think of the current
build-time warning as a reminder that maintainers should upgrade.

I don't know of any software distribution that still ships gzip 1.2.4.
Fedora Core 3 and Solaris 10 ship 1.3.3.  Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 ships
gzip 1.3.5.

It is a real problem that the gzip maintainer hasn't issued a new
official release for a dozen years, but that's a different matter.  In
the mean time, maintainers should use an up-to-date version, even if
it's not "official".

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