[Victor the Cleaner]
Sorry, this wasn't intended to be bug report (not yet, at least). Jeremy asked for feedback on the release, and that's all I was trying to give.
Tommy B, is that you, hiding behind a Victor mask? Cool! I was really directing my rancor at Jeremy <wink>: by the time he fwd'ed the msg here, it was already too late to change the release, so it had already switched from "feedback" to "bug".
It is fixed in CVS ... don't know if the patch made it into the release though. The new test now uses UTF-8 as encoding which is endian-independent.
Alas, it was not in the release. I didn't even know about it until after the installers were all built and shipped. Score another for last-second improvements <0.5 wink>.
Very, very weird: we all know that SHA is believed to be cryptologically secure, so there was no feasible way to deduce why the hashes were different. But I was coming down with a fever at the time (now in full bloom, alas), and just stared at the two hashes:
good: b88684df19fca8c3d0ab31f040dd8de89f7836fe bad: e052289ecef97fc89c794cf663cb74a64631d34e
Do you see the pattern? Ha! I did! They both end with "e", and in my fuzzy-headed state I immediately latched on to that and thought "hmm ... 'e' is for 'endian'". Else I wouldn't have had a clue!
should-get-sick-more-often-i-guess-ly y'rs - tim