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Re: Datamash admin

From: Erik Auerswald
Subject: Re: Datamash admin
Date: Sat, 14 May 2022 13:29:00 +0200

Hi Tim,

On Fri, May 13, 2022 at 09:31:07PM +0000, Tim Rice wrote:
> [...]
> I guess the first task on my plate will be to roll a new release to
> consolidate any improvements made since 2020. (With 20/20 hindsight,
> I should have gotten this rolling a few months ago so we could get
> v1.8 into Ubuntu Jammy. Oh well.)

I'd like to thank you for volunteering for this! :-)

The git repository contains five commits since the v1.7 tag from April
2020.  The latest commit from January 2021 updates gnulib, which might
already help with the problem reported in
The Red Hat bug report traced the problem to lib/error.h from gnulib.
Only copyright text changes have been applied to this file after the
gnulib update in the datamash git repository.  But I cannot test this,
since the problem occurred only on little-endian PPC 64-bit systems
after changing long double to be _Float128, but I have neither such
a PPC system nor do I use Fedora 36 where the problem was introduced.

Then there was a report of a build failure due to a compiler warning
combined with -Werror on armv7hl in
I have suggested two possible ways to fix this by using either %jd or
PRIdMAX instead of %zu for printing the intmax_t variable in
I'd use the second patch with PRIdMAX, because PRIuMAX is already used
in the code, but %ju is not.  While I would call this fix "obviously
correct", I cannot test it, because I do not have a system where this
warning is reported.  Still I think it may be worthwhile to consider
including a fix for this in a new release.  This might even be related
to Debian bug 982869, but this is not obvious to me and I cannot test
it (see <https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=982869>).

Perhaps members from the platform-testers@gnu.org mailing list can help
testing the above issues.  This mailing list is mentioned at the bottom
of <https://www.gnu.org/software/devel.html>, the list info is at

I have previously sent a few patches to the bug-datamash mailing list,
mostly trivial documentation fixes.  Perhaps you would like to look at
them and include some in a new release?  I have collected my patches
on <https://www.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/~auerswal/datamash/>.  That web page
also provides links to the archived mailing list messages with the
patches if you would like to reply to one of those.

The right tool for the job is often the tool you are already using -
adding new tools has a higher cost than many people appreciate.
                        -- John Carmack

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