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Re: Coreutils 7.2 test failure on Slackware Linux

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: Coreutils 7.2 test failure on Slackware Linux
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 07:26:33 +0200

Eric Blake wrote:
> According to Jim Meyering on 4/27/2009 2:36 PM:
>>> I'm using glibc-2.3.2 on this machine, for the time being.  (I plan to
>>> completely reinstall it shortly, after I get just a few more services
>>> migrated off it.)
>> Then don't sweat the ftello failure.
>> I think it can't impact coreutils in any case.
> I think that the failure has been reported on several old systems; namely
> that the OS does not support seeking beyond the end of the file.  However,
> doesn't coreutils need to do just that in order to support the creation of
> sparse files via cp?

copy.c uses lseek, not fseek.
Only one program in coreutils uses fseek (od.c, via fseeko),
and it uses it only on a read-only stream, so I think we're ok.

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