Problem with Ubuntu 13.10 gmp-ecm package...

Nick Andrik nick.andrik at
Mon Mar 24 13:09:51 UTC 2014

Hi David,

I think you can go on requesting a backport. Security Update (SU) or
Stable Release Update (SRU) would make sure that the "backport" goes
to the main repository, while a real backport goes to a special
-backports repository which is enabled by less people (and not by
Since the bug is not system critical, I think it is a safe choice to
go for that.



2014-03-23 16:28 GMT+01:00  <wraithx at>:
> Hello Nick,
> Thank you for pointing me to the backport request page.  However, while
> reading that page I see the following:
> "This generally makes backports an inappropriate avenue for fixing bugs. If
> a package in an Ubuntu release has a bug, it should be fixed either through
> the Security Update or the Stable Release Update process, as appropriate."
> Does this mean I should look into going down, perhaps, the Stable Release
> Update route?  Or is a backport still the best choice for this issue?  In
> either event I'm happy to get the ball rolling, I just want to make sure I
> take this down the best path.
> -David C.
> On 3/20/2014 6:56 AM, Nick Andrik wrote:
>> Hi David,
>> The 14.04 version already has an updated version that fixes this problem.
>> If you would like to request that this version is also available in
>> 13.10 then you need to file a backport request.
>> Please refer to this document on how to do this:
>> In casy of any doubts or questions just ask here again
>> Kindest regards,
>> Nick
>> --
>> =Do-
>> N.AND
>> 2014-03-20 3:49 GMT+01:00 David Cleaver wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I recently read an online thread describing problems that users are
>>> having
>>> with the gmp-ecm that is available for Ubuntu 13.10.  It appears that
>>> gmp-ecm 6.4.2, when compiled with GMP 5.1.x, has a bug that will
>>> sometimes
>>> prevent it from finding factors of numbers.  You can read a discussion
>>> of,
>>> and see the solution to, this on the ecm-discuss list here:
>>> You can also see the bug report filed with Debian back in 2013-June here:
>>> I am not familiar with bug filing procedures, or how to ask that a
>>> package
>>> in this repository be updated, but I was hoping that by reporting it here
>>> someone would be willing to update the package available to Ubuntu 13.10
>>> (and later, if necessary).  I believe the best solution would be to
>>> update
>>> to gmp-ecm 6.4.4 as that has several bug fixes included in it.  If you
>>> have
>>> any additional questions, or would like additional details, please let me
>>> know.  Thanks for your time.
>>> -David C.
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