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xdelta, "grave" bug 147187, time left


xdelta is affected by bug 147187

this is Steve Langasek analysis:
"the problem was that the xdelta file format includes information
telling xdelta how much memory it needs to allocate in order to read in
the patch structure -- and when allocating space for objects that
include pointers, this is obviously going to differ between 32-bit and
64-bit architectures. "

this bug's severity was debated a lot; in the end , it was decide to
downgrade it

fast forward to today: since I would need to use xdelta across 32bit and
64bit archs (see
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=147187;msg=53    )
I found a patch that should solve the problem; this patch is used in
RedHat version of the package.

So the question to d-release team (and to the mantainer) is:
should/could I NMU a new version with this patch applied?

Also, how much time is left before Etch is released? I may actually
spend some time testing this patch (I now have access to a amd64).


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