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Getting screwed by an upgrade (libtidy in Ubuntu 8.04 not ready for real work)

On my workstation at work I’ve been running Ubuntu 8.04 to test out something I’ll post on later. However, one thing that was driving me nuts was that tidy was blowing up with a very unhelpful message like so:

/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/tidy/tidybuf.rb:39: [BUG] Segmentation fault

At first I thought it was some incompatibility with the gem installed version of tidy however after a bit more searching it seems tied with a specific bug in Debian that is logged here. Basically, the recent version of libtidy has some sort of instability that will blow up on certain types of HTML input. Kind of not useful I say…

Looks like this has been fixed in Debian unstable so this might be a perfect candidate to have merged into Ubuntu since this really sucks inheriting a package bug.

Read the Bug Report

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