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Re: [Findutils-patches] [bug #37683] -inum doesn't work on ext4 file sys

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: [Findutils-patches] [bug #37683] -inum doesn't work on ext4 file systems with find 4.5.10
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:46:38 +0000

On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 6:07 AM, Bernhard Voelker
<address@hidden> wrote:
> On 11/13/2012 01:20 AM, James Youngman wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM, Bernhard Voelker
>> <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> [please CC me, as I'm not subscribed]
>>> ...
>>> BTW: Why is the latest version on still 4.4.2
>>> (3.5 years old) while distros already use newer versions?
>> The short answer is that the 4.5.x code has release-blocking bugs:
> Hi James,
> I understand, ...
> ... but huh? OpenSuSE-12.2 and Fedora 16+ are already on 4.5.10

If the above bugs aren't sufficiently serious for those distributions
to avoid a move to 4.5.x, it's their choice.   I have no problem with

> (Ubuntu and Debian are still on 4.4.2), and there's only been
> 1 single commit in 2012:
>   $ git log | grep ^Date: | head -n 2
>   Date:   Mon Jun 4 12:30:52 2012 +0200
>   Date:   Fri Dec 30 12:16:09 2011 +0000

Yes, during 2012 I have moved house, had problems with typing (partly
with physiotherapy, this has been resolved now) and I need to spend
time looking after my daughter (she's just over 1).  It's not been
feasible to find time to work on findutils (it's not been easy to find
time to work on my day job either, but that's difficult to

> Any plans how to get out of this?

Certainly!  The findutils project can always use more volunteers and
as you can see the number of remaining known bugs in 4.5.x is quite
small.   The findutils code is pretty readable and has fairly
extensive tests.   All that's needed is for someone to pick up the
bugs, write the necessary changes and contribute the code to GNU.

I'm not saying that I _won't_ work on these bugs, but as your git log
output shows us, recent history demonstrates that having more
contributors is a surer way to make sure that findutils progresses

You already suggested one patch above.  Could this be interpreted as a
sign of possible ongoing interest, or would you say it's a one-off?


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