attn gzip and info maintainer

Eric Blake
Tue Apr 24 12:33:00 GMT 2007

According to Christopher Faylor on 4/24/2007 6:26 AM:
> On Mon, Apr 23, 2007 at 10:09:54PM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
>> Upgrading to coreutils-6.9 breaks info, as it tries to invoke gunzip.exe.
>>  This should be fixed in info to just invoke gunzip, since in gzip 1.3.9,
>> gunzip is merely a symlink (and the new coreutils no longer adds implicit
>> and confusing .exe extensions to symlinks).
> Are you saying that info uses coreutils to start gunzip somehow?

No, I'm stating that info invokes 'gunzip.exe', but that installing
coreutils 6.9 runs the coreutils postinstall script, which renames all
symlinks in /bin with .exe suffixes to avoid the suffix (consistent with
its new behavior of ln -s).  Therefore, gunzip.exe is renamed to gunzip,
but because info insists on invoking with the .exe suffix, it is no longer
able to uncompress info pages, and falls back instead on man pages.  If
info is fixed to invoke merely 'gunzip', then it will work regardless of
whether the symlink is named gunzip or gunzip.exe, and will also work
regardless of whether gunzip is a symlink (as in gzip 1.3.9) or a wrapper
program (as in gzip 1.3.12).

Don't work too hard, make some time for fun as well!

Eric Blake   

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