[tex-live] xelatex on OpenBSD sparc64 - Bus Error

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Sun Jun 17 08:08:44 CEST 2007

On 16 Jun 2007, at 5:14 pm, Edd Barrett wrote:

> On 16/06/07, Jonathan Kew <jonathan_kew at sil.org> wrote:
>> Sorry; I think you're seeing a xetex bug that is liable to show up on
>> 64-bit big-endian architectures. It was reported by Werner Fink (see
>> <http://tug.org/pipermail/tex-live/2007-May/013573.html>). Note,
>> however, that the patch suggested there is not fully correct; it may
>> prevent the immediate crash but will not function properly in actual
>> use.
>> The underlying problem has been fixed in the xetex sources on
>> scripts.sil.org (see <http://scripts.sil.org/svn-view/xetex?
>> rev=468&view=rev>), but this applies to the current development
>> version, not the release currently in TeX Live. When the next release
>> of xetex happens, this will of course be committed to TL as well, but
>> in the meantime it might be possible to develop a patch based on
>> these changes.
>> Alternatively, is it possible to build a 32-bit binary as an interim
>> workaround?
> I would rather a patch as Im not sure how compatible sparc/sparc64
> binaries are on OpenBSD (yeh sure on solaris!).
> Do you have a patch?

Not at the moment, but I'll see if I can generate one by back-porting  
the fix for this (and a couple of other bugs) from the 0.997-dev code  
to the 0.996 source in TL2007. It won't happen for a few days,  
though, at least until I get back to the office from current travels.  
Feel free to ping me in a week if nothing has happened by then.


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