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Re: Checksum mismatch for 1.8 release

From: Sean Molenaar
Subject: Re: Checksum mismatch for 1.8 release
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2023 07:35:23 +0100

Hi Tim,

Thanks for the reassurance. Could you let me know what the new expected checksum is then?

Sean Molenaar

On 17 January 2023 at 22:03:46, Tim Rice (trice@posteo.net) wrote:

Hi Sean,

Oops, I missed your message on 4 Jan. Thankfully it was just brought to my attention. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

So, I apologize for the confusion regarding the last release, it was my bad. I am new to GNU maintainership and it was my first release. I hope it's not too surprising, then, that the process had some hiccups.

tl;dr No, the GNU Datamash sources have not been compromized :)

Post mortem:

1. When preparing the release, I had trouble with the automated packaging tools. In particular, the NEWS hash was out of date. This led to errors when attempting the automated release approach which would normally be followed.

2. I was able to fix things manually, but then forgot the '-z` flag to tar when preparing the release tarball. Therefore the announcement which I sent out was for some .tar.gz files which actually were not compressed.

3. Shortly after the announcement, someone let me know they were having an issue with the packaging because of the error in (2). (Thanks again to that person, they caught it quickly, which is why you see a gap of only a few hours before new files were sent up.)

4. I repackaged the files with no change except to add compression in the expected way.

5. Since everything was signed with my public key, it seemed unlikely that any confusion could arise. Therefore I declined adding noise to the announcement mailing list just to advise of what seemed to me like a negligible adjustment. Adding compression without actually changing the contents did not seem announcement-worthy.

Sorry again for any confusion, and thanks for your patience. Please let me know if that clears things up for you or if there is something else I can do to help make this right.

Kind regards,


On Wed, Jan 04, 2023 at 08:56:08AM +0000, sean wrote:
Hi Datamash maintainers,
I just tried to download datamash 1.8 and the checksum that was reported in the release anouncement: https://savannah.gnu.org/forum/forum.php?forum_id=10212
Doesn't seem correct anymore and the upload is from hours after that announcement. Has the download been compromised?
Sean Molenaar
Homebrew maintainer

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