[Rd] Fix for incorrect use of restrict in xz third party code

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Feb 20 08:17:14 CET 2010

On Sat, 20 Feb 2010, Olaf Mersmann wrote:

> Hello,
> the included XZ Utils source code contains an incorrect use of the
> restrict keyword. This leads to data corruption under certain
> circumstances. For a short discussion of the problem see
>  http://sourceforge.net/projects/lzmautils/forums/forum/708858/topic/3306733
> This was fixed in the XZ Utils git repository in commit
>  commit 49cfc8d392cf535f8dd10233225b1fc726fec9ef
>  Author: Lasse Collin <lasse.collin at tukaani.org>
>  Date:   Tue Sep 15 21:07:23 2009 +0300
>    Fix incorrect use of "restrict".
> Since then, there has not been a proper release of the XZ Utils so I
> have applied said patch to the sources included in R and added a note
> to the R_changes file in the src/extra/xz/ directory detailing the
> changes.
> This 'bug' is only triggered if the Intel C or gcc 4.4 is used to
> compile R and the included liblzma is used instead of a system wide
> one, so it might not be worth the trouble of patching the sources
> instead of waiting for a new release. If anyone wants to apply a fix,
> I have prepared a patch with all the changes which can be found here
>  http://www.statistik.tu-dortmund.de/~olafm/temp/xz_restrict.patch

We had been waiting for xz 5.000, but decided to go with 4.999 
for R 2.10.0 as it was so long a-coming -- and are still waiting.

We do use the included sources on several platforms, and with gcc 
4.4.4 on 64-bit Windows, so I will patch this, thank you.

> Cheers,
> Olaf Mersmann

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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