Re: Wanted: really weird status files from production machines
On Mon, Aug 27, 2007 at 04:35:30PM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
> As I report on debian-dpkg in
> I'm proposing to deploy a new dpkg status file parser.
> It would be bad if someone installed the new dpkg but then the new
> dpkg rejected their status file. I think I've captured the complete
> historical syntax as accepted generated by existing dpkg versions, but
> the existing parser is rather too extensively- written to be able to
> do a formal analysis. It is possible (even likely) that there
> constructions accepted by the old parser but rejected by the new. I
> want to be sure that no such constructions exist in the wild.
> So if you have a machine which you have reason to believe has unusual
> entries in its status file, please send me copies of the unusual
> Alternatively, download the executable `perftest'
> and run
> .../perftest a1 y
> which should print `done y' and not complain about any syntax errors.
When asking on people a public mailing list to download and run
binaries, I sugges you at least sign your email; providing sources would
be even better. Running unknown binaries isn't exactly recommended
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