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bug#258: [22.2]: visiting boost_1_35_0.tar.bz2 causes an error

From: Marshall, Simon
Subject: bug#258: [22.2]: visiting boost_1_35_0.tar.bz2 causes an error
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 11:51:48 +0100

In GNU Emacs 22.2.1 (sparc-sun-solaris2.8, Motif Version 2.1.0)
 of 2008-03-28 on risksun2
Windowing system distributor `Hummingbird Ltd.', version 11.0.100015
configured using `configure  '--x-includes=/usr/openwin/include:/usr/dt/include:/usr/local/include:/usr/local/X11/include' '--x-libraries=/usr/openwin/lib:/usr/dt/lib:/usr/local/lib:/usr/local/X11/lib' '--with-x-toolkit=motif''

This report is going to be annoying, because http://downloads.sourceforge.net/boost/boost_1_35_0.tar.bz2?modtime=1206795398&big_mirror=0 is a 22M file.  Sorry.  This also applies to 22.1.

If I download the file, then visiting it under emacs -Q gives me:

Debugger entered--Lisp error: (args-out-of-range -256589311 -256588799)
  buffer-substring(-256589311 -256588799)
  (tar-header-block-tokenize (buffer-substring pos (+ pos 512)))
  (setq tokens (tar-header-block-tokenize (buffer-substring pos ...)))
  (eq (quote empty-tar-block) (setq tokens (tar-header-block-tokenize ...)))
  (not (eq (quote empty-tar-block) (setq tokens ...)))
  (and (<= (+ pos 512) (point-max)) (not (eq ... ...)))
  (while (and (<= ... ...) (not ...)) (setq pos (+ pos 512)) (progress-reporter-update progress-reporter pos) (if (memq ... ...) (setq pos ...)) (let (...) (if ... ...) (push ... result) (and ... ... ...)))

  (let* ((result ...) (pos ...) (progress-reporter ...) tokens) (while (and ... ...) (setq pos ...) (progress-reporter-update progress-reporter pos) (if ... ...) (let ... ... ... ...)) (make-local-variable (quote tar-parse-info)) (setq tar-parse-info (nreverse result)) (if (eq tokens ...) (progress-reporter-done progress-reporter) (message "Warning: premature EOF parsing tar file")))

  (let ((modified ...)) (set-buffer-multibyte nil) (let* (... ... ... tokens) (while ... ... ... ... ...) (make-local-variable ...) (setq tar-parse-info ...) (if ... ... ...)) (set-buffer-multibyte default-enable-multibyte-characters) (goto-char (point-min)) (let (...) (let ... ...) (narrow-to-region ... ...) (set ... ...) (goto-char ...) (restore-buffer-modified-p modified)))

  set-auto-mode-0(tar-mode nil)
  after-find-file(nil t)
  find-file-noselect-1(#<buffer boost_1_35_0.tar.bz2> "~/ftp/boost_1_35_0.tar.bz2" nil nil "~/ftp/boost_1_35_0.tar.bz2" (1855815 71344173))

  find-file-noselect("/homedev/marshals/ftp/boost_1_35_0.tar.bz2" nil nil nil)

The transition of pos to a negative value happens here in tar-summarize-buffer:

          (and (null (tar-header-link-type tokens))
               (> size 0)
               (setq pos
                     (+ pos 512 (ash (ash (1- size) -9) 9)) ; this works
                                        ;(+ pos (+ size (- 512 (rem (1- size) 512)))) ; this doesn't

After many iterations of the enclosing loop, but before the above form, pos=49390081 and size=230891239. 
After the above form, pos=-256589311.

The dubious value of size has come from this value of tokens in the enclosing loop:

["boost_1_35_0/doc/html/boost/xpressive/op/insert/result_This(Cont,It,Size,Value),typename disable_if" 17363925 16815366 6377612 230891239 (1040640 53316) 548 nil "" nil nil nil 0 0]

If it is any help, the value of tokens in the previous iteration of the loop is:

[././@LongLink 0 0 0 151 (0 0) 4530 28  t  root 0 0]

If it is any help, there are no files of size 230891239 in the tar.
Solaris "tar -tf" does list many @LongLink files, whereas GNU "tar -tf" does not. 
Solaris tar extracts a file named "boost_1_35_0/doc/html/boost/xpressive/op/insert/result_This(Cont,It,Value),typename disable_if_ mpl_", whereas GNU tar extracts it as "boost_1_35_0/doc/html/boost/xpressive/op/insert/result_This(Cont,It,Value),typename disable_if_ mpl__or__ is_integral_ UNCVREF(It)_,is_same_ UNCVREF(It),UNCVREF(Value)_ _ ___type__id1001524.html", ie, Solaris tar truncates the file name (not file contents).  Emacs tar-mode apparently truncates the file name further.

So it is an "unusual" tar.  There is no difference between the download site's gzip and bzip tars.

I'm guessing that it is a valid tar though.  Emacs should be able to parse it or fail gracefully.


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