Bug in GAWK 4.0.0, an update needed in openSUSE 12.1


There is a bug in GAWK 4.0.0 which prevents many of my scripts to run correctly. (The bug affects the ability of GAWK to skip a header in a text file via using getline in the BEGIN section.) The bug has already been reported and fixed, see e.g. Re: [bug-gawk] getline change of behavior in 4.0.0 . It would make my life much easier if openSUSE 12.1 updated the gawk-4.0.0-*.rpm package in the repository. I know that typically only security holes are fixed via online updates, but this bug is so bad that it should also be fixed via online updates. What can I do to make it happen?


It is available in several projects and in factory (4.0.1). Maybe one of those will work for you.

Otherwise you can still patch it and build it yourself - I mean create you own repo in OBS and install from there. That’s what I would do.

That’s not really true. The policy is this: openSUSE:Maintenance policy - openSUSE and it’s quite open.

Yeah, well… all bugs are soooooo bad when they affect us.

Just report the bug in https://bugzilla.novell.com/ and convince the packager the bug is important enough to make him expend some time releasing an update for 12.1. (Hint: There are a few million users of openSUSE, If let’s say… fifty people would report the bug a patch would be released for sure)

Thanks for the reply. Finally, I’ve used gawk-4.0.1-1.4.x86_64.rpm from the Factory.

On 2012-05-22 11:46, amalusek wrote:
> What can I do to make it
> happen?

Report in Bugzilla, of course.

Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 11.4 x86_64 “Celadon” at Telcontar)

This one may silently corrupt user’s data. Crashing programs are also bad, but at least you know that something is wrong.

OK. I’ve reported the bug: https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=763437