[tz] rearguard

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Wed Jul 18 16:25:01 UTC 2018

On 2018-07-18 05:40, Paul Eggert wrote:
>> OK, works with "gawk"
> Yes, the problem here is that Debian (and Ubuntu) use an ancient version of mawk
> that dumps core too often. They really should upgrade. I can reproduce the
> problem with mawk 1.3.3 (November 1996), which is the default on Ubuntu 16.04.4
> LTS. I cannot reproduce the problem with mawk 1.3.4 20171017.
> I reported this problem to the Ubuntu maintainers here:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mawk/+bug/1782342
> I assume It'll take some time for Ubuntu and/or Debian to push fixes out. In the
> meantime I installed the attached commentary patch to the tzdb makefile.
> You can also work around the problem by running:
> sudo update-alternatives --config awk
> and choosing gawk instead of mawk.

Reminds me of limited AT&T/Sun SunOS/Solaris utilities doing this regularly.
Saw this on Debian with a simple AWK script.
Anyone tried BSD/BWK OTA (One True) awk?

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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