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Bug#341839: Call for vote: coreutils: md5sum output format

On Thu, Jun 14, 2007 at 12:45:16AM -0400, Bdale Garbee wrote:
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> [ 2 ] Choice 1: the output of md5sum should be changed as per bug #341839
> [ 1 ] Choice 2: the output of md5sum should not change despite bug #341839
> [ 3 ] Choice 3: Further discussion
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We have a de facto standard behavior today that is shared among coreutils
upstream, coreutils in Debian, and other analogous tools such as sha1sum,
sha256sum, and sha512sum.  While the TC has the authority to change the
behavior of these tools within Debian, we do not have the authority to get
them changed upstream, and the coreutils maintainer does not agree that this
is a correct technical solution; so at best, overriding the maintainer in
this case would result in inconsistent behavior between Debian and upstream.

The benefits of this change are not so great that divergence from upstream
is warranted.

However, I don't believe any further discussion is likely to be of benefit
either, so I have ranked further discussion last.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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