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Bug 1512848 - biber-2.6-6.fc28 FTBFS: sortinithash does not match in tests
Summary: biber-2.6-6.fc28 FTBFS: sortinithash does not match in tests
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: biber
Version: 28
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Colin Macdonald
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-11-14 09:44 UTC by Petr Pisar
Modified: 2018-10-20 05:22 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2018-10-20 05:22:31 UTC

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System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Bugzilla 1509758 None CLOSED perl-Unicode-Collate-1.21 is available 2019-02-12 08:19:55 UTC

Internal Links: 1509758

Description Petr Pisar 2017-11-14 09:44:04 UTC
biber-2.6-6.fc28 fails to build in F28 because tests fail like this:

+ ./Build test
Unescaped left brace in regex is deprecated here (and will be fatal in Perl 5.30), passed through in regex; marked by <-- HERE in m/}(\pM+\pL){ <-- HERE (?!\pL+\\)/ at /builddir/build/BUILD/biber-2.6/blib/lib/Biber/LaTeX/ line 297.
#   Failed test 'Annotations - 1'
#   at t/annotations.t line 87.
# --- Got
# +++ Expected
# @@ -1,39 +1,39 @@
#  '    \\entry{ann1}{misc}{}
#        \\name{author}{3}{}{%
#          {{hash=89a9e5097e11e595700540379c9b3a6b}{%
#             family={Last1},
#             familyi={L\\bibinitperiod},
#             given={First1},
#             giveni={F\\bibinitperiod}}}%
#          {{hash=7475b6b7b3c24a2ac6bd4d146cdc74dc}{%
#             family={Last2},
#             familyi={L\\bibinitperiod},
#             given={First2},
#             giveni={F\\bibinitperiod}}}%
#          {{hash=fd3dffa06a5d1f89c512841df1ccf4d0}{%
#             family={Last3},
#             familyi={L\\bibinitperiod},
#             given={First3},
#             giveni={F\\bibinitperiod}}}%
#        }
#        \\list{language}{2}{%
#          {english}%
#          {french}%
#        }
#        \\strng{namehash}{90ae96c82de92e36949bc64254bbde0c}
#        \\strng{fullhash}{90ae96c82de92e36949bc64254bbde0c}
#        \\strng{authornamehash}{90ae96c82de92e36949bc64254bbde0c}
#        \\strng{authorfullhash}{90ae96c82de92e36949bc64254bbde0c}
#        \\field{sortinit}{L}
# -      \\field{sortinithash}{2c7981aaabc885868aba60f0c09ee20f}
# +      \\field{sortinithash}{7bba64db83423e3c29ad597f3b682cf3}
#        \\field{labelnamesource}{author}
#        \\field{labeltitlesource}{title}
#        \\field{title}{The Title}
#        \\annotation{field}{language}{}{}{ann4}
#        \\annotation{field}{title}{}{}{one, two}
#        \\annotation{item}{author}{2}{}{corresponding}
#        \\annotation{item}{language}{1}{}{ann1}
#        \\annotation{item}{language}{2}{}{ann2, ann3}
#        \\annotation{part}{author}{1}{family}{student}
#      \\endentry
#  '
# Looks like you failed 1 test of 1.
t/annotations.t ........ 
Dubious, test returned 1 (wstat 256, 0x100)
Failed 1/1 subtests 

This is caused by upgrading perl-Unicode-Collate from 1.20-1.fc28 to 1.21-1.fc28. The biber tests are oversensitive to Unicode::Collate capabilities. Upstream fixed biber with this commit:

commit 33848fc870a7df93074bc938117d447a1d104f4b
Author: Philip Kime <>
Date:   Mon Nov 6 14:03:43 2017 +0100

    Update sortinithas for new U::C keys

I pushed perl-Unicode-Collate-1.21 into all Fedoras as an enhancement updated (not yet stable), so I guess this biber commit should be applied to all Fedoras too.

Comment 1 Colin Macdonald 2017-11-16 09:47:05 UTC
Thanks!  Unfortunately, its not trivial to cherry-pick, so this might take me some time :(

What really should be done is split texlive-biblatex out of the monolithic texlive spec.  Than both biblatex and biber could be bumped as upstream updates them.

Comment 2 Fedora End Of Life 2018-02-20 15:26:06 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 28 development cycle.
Changing version to '28'.

Comment 3 Colin Macdonald 2018-03-30 15:47:18 UTC
I'm experimenting with splitting off biblatex.  Feedback requested at

Comment 4 Colin Macdonald 2018-10-20 05:22:31 UTC
Re-enabled tests in

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