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Re: at least 260 packages broken on arm, powerpc and s390 due to wrong assumption on char signedness

On Sat, Dec 29, 2001 at 11:59:32AM +0100, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
> * Gerhard Tonn <GerhardTonn@swol.de> [20011229 11:23]:
> > I have changed my mind and will write semi-automatically a bug
> > report for each of the packages with severity grave.
> Don't do this.  There are too many packages involved to file
> semi-automatic bugs already and the bugs should not be grave either.
> Are you convinced this makes _all_ these packages "unuseable or mostly
> so, or causes data loss"?  The issue could appear in code which is
> actually not relevant for 90% of users (i.e. severity important).
> I suggest you first post a mail desribing this issue to d-d-announce.
> Describe exactly why char signedness is a problem and what to do about
> it.  Show examples how to fix the code (it's not hard but still..).
> Then give the developers some time to actually do something about it.
> And _then_ _consider_ filing bugs (by discussing it here again).
> -- 
> Martin Michlmayr
> tbm@cyrius.com

I agree. As for yardradius, the bug could be in fact secondary - programs
works anyway. 
Severity level should be evaluated in every single case.

Francesco P. Lovergine

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