broken strings compiled-in into mutt

Matthias Apitz guru at
Wed Aug 5 06:15:39 UTC 2015

El día Tuesday, August 04, 2015 a las 09:48:24PM +0200, Kurt Jaeger escribió:

> Hi!
> > Hello Udo (as maintainer),
> > 
> > Maybe it's a FreeBSD issue, rather than a mutt one?
> I see similar effects on 10.1-amd64.
> Mutt 1.5.23 (2014-03-12)
> Copyright (C) 1996-2009 Michael R. Elkins and others.
> Mutt comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `mutt -vv'.
> Mutt is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
> under certain conditions; type `mutt -vv' for details.
> System: FreeBSD 10.2-RC2 (amd64)
> ncurses: ncurses 5.7.20081102 (compiled with 5.7)
> libiconv: 1.14
> libidn: 1.31 (compiled with 1.29)
> Compiler:
> F
> eeBSD clang ve
> ...


I digged into this and the reason is in the source tree of mutt itself.

The option (...) strings get punched into a file conststrings.c and if you build mutt
with 'make' it gives an error due to a gmake'ish construct in the Makefile /

# make conststrings.c 
cc -I/usr/local/include -o txt2c 
cc: error: no input files
*** Error code 1 (ignored)
(  cc -I/usr/local/include -v ||  cc -I/usr/local/include --version ||
cc -I/usr/local/include -V ||  echo "unknown compiler";  ) 2>&1 |
./ cc_version >conststrings_c
echo "-pipe   -DLIBICONV_PLUG -g -fno-strict-aliasing" | ./
cc_cflags >>conststrings_c
grep ac_cs_config= config.status |  cut -d= -f2- |  sed -e 's/^"//' -e
's/"$//' | ./ configure_options >>conststrings_c
mv -f conststrings_c conststrings.c

i.e. because it can not build txt2c from txt2c.c it falles back to use
some shell script; this, in turn, has another error: it
contains a sed pipeline and among others it does (here as an example
with some string):

$ echo "FreeBSD is the better system" | sed -e 's/\t/\\t/'g -e 's/\r/\\r/g'
F\reeBSD is \the be\t\te\r sys\tem

The workaround is to make mutt with gmake (the default on Linux);

The bugs should be fixed im mutt, ofc.


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