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Re: Would people be interested in help with a a build system

If anyone is being bothered by this, removing the base-files entry
from /var/lib/dpkg/status works around the segfault. I have no idea
why this solves the problem, or what makes this entry special at all.

After I get sleepycat db stuff sorted out I will come back to this.


On Sun, Jan 20, 2002 at 12:09:46PM -0500, Richard Tibbetts wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 20, 2002 at 12:01:56PM -0500, Sam Hartman wrote:
> > I saw Richard Tibbetts trying to debug apt-get last night.  Based on
> > what he said it seemed like apt-get was failing to parse
> > /var/lib/dpkg/status; finding a \n where it expected something else.
> > It segfaulted going off the end of a string at a page boundary.  Thus
> > it's just really good luck we cought the segfault instead of it simply
> > randomly failing.
> > 
> > The package being parsed was base-files.
> I seem to have been outted.
> At any rate: Yes, I was working on the apt-get segfault. I don't have
> much in the way of progress to report. It would help greatly if I
> could get a look at the source which the apt-get I am using was built
> from. If I can't get that, I am going to have to redo the work to port
> apt.

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