[Bug 1038468] Re: data loss on sort -u
brian at ubuntu.com
Wed Sep 5 14:37:14 UTC 2012
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data loss on sort -u
Status in “coreutils” package in Ubuntu:
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Last year a bug was reported to upstream coreutils  about problems
on using 'sort -u'. Until recently, there was no known reproducing
process; one such process was published last week .
Although triggering the bug can be said to be a non-completely trivial
use case, data loss in 'sort' should be looked at as a serious issue.
Today Jim Meyering committed what looks like the final touches of the
fix (incidentally also solving a different issue (a free memory read),
also in 'sort'. There are 4 commits affected, and they are shown
starting in .
Given this is a data loss potential, I am opening this bug for all
affected releases (this bug affects Coreutils 8.6 onwards -- Precise
and Quantal). I am still to run the tests on Lucid, Natty, and
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