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Bug#1882: elv-fmt is broken

Package: elv-fmt
Version: 1.8pl4-19

When I try to reformat a paragraph, with the command '!}fmt', in elvis,
core is dumped.  When I do it in vim or nvi, I get garbage instead of a
reformatted paragraph.  I tried reinstalling (and rebuilding the .deb
package for) elv-fmt and the same effects were noted.

I had to re-install textutils in order to get a working /usr/bin/fmt.
NB, the fmt in textutils seems to work with elvis, nvi, and vim.
Is there any reason to have elv-fmt instead of the GNU fmt?  If there
is some reason, then some note in elv-fmt's description (at least)
should alert that textutils has another (possibly better) version of

[Now that I purged elv-fmt, I notice that usr/doc/copyright/elvis has
been deleted as well.  I had to re-install elv-vi in order to get the
copyright notice back.  Well this might be a dpkg problem, I don't

This is with debian 0.93R6 + plus a few packages from 1.0 (but I
haven't upgraded to ELF yet, so that's not it).

Christopher J. Fearnley            |    UNIX SIG Leader at PACS
cjf@netaxs.com (finger me!)        |    (Philadelphia Area Computer Society)
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