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Re: Releases and the 4.5 branch

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: Releases and the 4.5 branch
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:15:50 +0100

There are two reelase-blocking bugs preventing 4.5.x being released as stable:

If someone would like to volunteer to work on these (and make
copyright assignments for any needed code changes), that would be very

However, 4.5.x is different enough to 4.4.x that the success of a
backport for the bugfix you're referring to is uncertain.


On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 2:27 AM, Ilya Bobyr <address@hidden> wrote:
> 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)
> http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/findutils.git/commit/?id=1d37a22a7f1d3b08c086430b96071c293c02e6d0
> 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
>     https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/info-gnu/2009-06/msg00001.html
> 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
> release?
> Or 4.5 is actually stable enough and Ubuntu should just switch to it?
> Thank you,
> Ilya Bobyr

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