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Re: new bug fix release of prtraceroute

  • To: (Tony Bates)
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  • Date: Tue, 2 Apr 1996 14:04:54 +0200 (MET DST), rr-impl@localhost

Hi Tony,

> Tony Bates writes :
> 
> The -g flag stopped working with these new fixes. Hence a fast kludge
> patch.

I have included your patch (kludge?) in the distribution:

ftp://ftp.ripe.net/pride/tools/prtraceroute-2.0beta5.tar.gz

> [lovefm-tony-59] diff prtraceroute.pl prtraceroute.pl~
> 534,535c534
> < #          die "quad2int: illegal ip number \'$quad\'\n";
> <          return -1;
> ---
> >           die "quad2int: illegal ip number \'$quad\'\n";
> 
> Basically quad2int should not die if passed a string which is what it
> does here. There is probably a more elegent way of acheiving what I
> think you were actually looking for in the code than what I did but
> this will do the trick.

Correct. I was not aware of the fact that the software used this to find
out if it was dealing with a domain name or an IP address. Traceroute
should not be able to give back (in any case) an invalid IP address and
thus a 'die' after such an event seemed appropriate...

I think that your patch is not a kludge but a good solution to solve this
problem. Prtraceroute has other problems that cannot be easily solved
with such a clear an easy patch :-(.

Kind regards,

David K.


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