[Evolution] Bug#588316: Bug#588316: Large file support breaks Evolution

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Wed Jul 7 12:41:22 UTC 2010

On 07/07/2010 14:31, Michel Dänzer wrote:
> On Mit, 2010-07-07 at 13:54 +0200, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote: 
>> On 07/07/2010 12:21, Michel Dänzer wrote:
>>> Overall, I think building evolution-data-server with --enable-largefile incurs
>>> too much risk for Evolution users at this point. Unless there was a very
>>> compelling reason for enabling it, please disable it again for now.
>> I'm not especially attached to largefile, but in this case it's not
>> exactly a good idea imho. The bugs weren't directly related to
>> largefile, but enabling it make them appear on i386.
> I'm not sure why you say they're 'not directly related' to large file
> support. Maybe I misinterpreted the developer comments on the upstream
> bug report, but it seemed clear that large file support changes things
> such that as-of-yet-unknown code in Evolution breaks in
> as-of-yet-unknown ways.

What I meant is that the bug is not in largefile support but that
enabling it triggers the bug, which is a different thing. In any case,
bug should be fixed though.
>> That means some bugs may be present but just hidden. If there are
>> crashes, hide them doesn't look like a good idea, it's better to fix
>> them.
> I agree in general, but in this case I'm pessimistic about being able to
> even identify, let alone fix all the problems in time for the release
> given the history of the upstream bug report.

Yeah but if a bug is just a lot more present when LFS is enabled, but
still present without, we might have it triggered in some day, where
it'll be harder to correct it.
> What was the reason for adding --enable-largefile? Shouldn't we wait
> until upstream enables it by default?

The fact that 32 bit users might come to the 2/4 GB limit. I'm asking
upstream advice on this one. As I said, I'm not against disabling it.

I only maintain evolution because I do use it and nobody else seem to
care about, and I don't use i386. So I don't really care about LFS
support, but some other might.


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