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has caused the report #545806,
regarding libgsl0-dev: GSL should deal with an uninitialised rng better
to be marked as having been forwarded to the upstream software
author(s) Brian Gough <[email protected]>
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Re: Bug#545806: libgsl0-dev: GSL should deal with an uninitialised rng better
Wed, 9 Sep 2009 07:29:14 -0500
On 9 September 2009 at 10:27, Matthew Vernon wrote:
| Package: libgsl0-dev
| Version: 1.11+dfsg-1
| Severity: normal
| If you call any of the random-number functions in GSL and forget to
| initialise the random number generator (or initialise it wrongly), GSL
| SEGVs. This is poor - it should produce an error message. I deal with
| queries from people this has confused surprisingly frequently.
>From the top of my head, I would tend to agree. SEGV is never good. I presume
it is unchanged in the current release 1.12.
Brian: Is that something that could get revised before 1.13 / 2.0 ? Or do
you rather consider this a feature -- better segfault than to distribute
non-random numbers with a deterministic seed?
| -- System Information:
| Debian Release: 5.0.3
| APT prefers stable
| APT policy: (500, 'stable')
| Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
| Kernel: Linux 2.6.20-2-macpro-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
| Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
| Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
| Versions of packages libgsl0-dev depends on:
| ii libgsl0ldbl 1.11+dfsg-1 GNU Scientific Library (GSL) --
| libgsl0-dev recommends no packages.
| libgsl0-dev suggests no packages.
| -- no debconf information
Three out of two people have difficulties with fractions.
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