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Re: 8.20 release plan?

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: 8.20 release plan?
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:19:56 +0200

Pádraig Brady wrote:
> On 10/17/2012 03:07 AM, Jim Meyering wrote:
>> Hi Pádraig,
>> Would you please review this?
>>      [ cp: avoid data-corrupting free-memory-read ]
> Thanks for handling this.
> The fix looks good, and I can't see any other references
> to the realloc'd memory that need to be updated.
> That code is only enabled for sparse files at present
> so maybe the NEWS might be adjusted slightly like:
>  cp could read from freed memory and could even make corrupt copies.
>  This could happen with a very fragmented and sparse input file,
>  on GNU/Linux file systems supporting fiemap extent scanning.
>  [bug introduced in coreutils-8.11]

Thanks.  I prefer that, too.  Amended and pushed,
along with a commit to update to the latest gnulib.

>> That bug is obviously serious and the fix merits a prompt release.
>> What would you or anyone else like to see committed before the release?
>> Ondrej's df patch is overdue, but I haven't reviewed it, and now wonder
>> if it'd be better to defer it until after 8.20.  Without reviewing it,
>> however, I'm not well placed to estimate its risk/benefit ratio.
> We've 8 fixes now queued up, including this serious one.
> So I agree we should do a new release with what we have.
> I'm travelling at present, so I'll look at doing a release on Monday.

Sounds good.  Thank you.

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