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Releases and the 4.5 branch

From: Ilya Bobyr
Subject: Releases and the 4.5 branch
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:27:45 -0700

Hi everyone,

I am new to this list, so I am sorry if I am asking something that was
already asked.

I am using find on Ubuntu 15.04 and hit a bug.  It is related to -fstype -
sometimes nfs or cifs is identified as ext4.

It appears the bug is already fixed in the current development branch 4.5.
I think this is the fix:

    Take the last matching entry in /etc/mtab, not the first.
    * find/fstype.c (file_system_type_uncached): Instead of taking the
    first match, take the last match.  This deals better with mtab
    implementations in which there can be duplicate entries, for
    example Linux-based systems in which /etc/mtab is a symlink to
    /proc/mounts) can have duplicate entries in the file system list.
    This happens most frequently for /.
    * NEWS: Mention this change.

    author    James Youngman <address@hidden>    2011-06-01 10:11:20 (GMT)
    committer    James Youngman <address@hidden>    2011-06-03 23:17:58 (GMT)
    commit    1d37a22a7f1d3b08c086430b96071c293c02e6d0 (patch)
(side-by-side diff)
    tree    176cda8518b5d3f41752ab00fda4bf21ff3fef98
    parent    f3d4ac9bb470775df8ceb371b689825a69d8a7fb (diff)


But all the releases on the 4.5 branch comes with this warning:

    "This is a "development" release of findutils."

At the same time the latest release on the 4.4 branch is 6 years old:

    From: James Youngman
    Subject: GNU findutils version 4.4.2 is released
    Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 15:47:38 +0100

I am wondering what would be the best approach to have that bug fixed in
the find used by Ubuntu.
I just asked on the Ubuntu mailing list for the findutils package and was
told that generally Ubuntu takes stable releases.

So now I am wondering what is the findutils policy on releases and bugfixes.
If the bug fix is backported to 4.4 would it be possible to have a new 4.4
Or 4.5 is actually stable enough and Ubuntu should just switch to it?

Thank you,
Ilya Bobyr

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