Bug#615981: net-tools: Wrong pt_BR translation breaks unrelated software

Martín Ferrari martin.ferrari at gmail.com
Tue Mar 1 16:26:06 UTC 2011

severity 615981 normal

On 1 Mar 2011 14:57, "Nelson A. de Oliveira" <naoliv at debian.org> wrote:
> Trying to discover why I was having one problem only with pt_BR
> (#467371) I saw that the pt_BR translation of "addr:%s" is the only one
> that is broken: it adds an nonexistent space character.

Sorry, but it is not broken, it is a whitespace difference in a
human-readable output in a translation.

What is clearly broken is the software using this as input instead of a
machine-readable form, not clearing the locale to POSIX (how they manage to
understand end instead of addr, then?), and then being too stupid to realise
the string match failed before dying unexpectedly. Also note that ifconfig
varies wildly across unixen, so portability is not an excuse!
This software is meant to be run as root, I am scared to see what else is
hidden in the code...

I don't want to be rude, but I fail to see how is that important severity,
it is more like wishlist to me.
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