Data::UUID problem

Chris Grau chris at
Thu Sep 8 00:19:49 UTC 2005

On Fri, Sep 02, 2005 at 12:24:05PM -0500, Steven Pritchard wrote:
> I'm trying to build a package for Data::UUID.  Something, possibly the
> from_string() function, apparently isn't 64-bit clean.  ("make test"
> fails on x86_64 but works fine on i386.)  Unfortunately, I can't see
> an obvious problem.  Well, I can't figure out what's going on in the
> code really either...  :-)
> Anyway, if there's anyone on this list that might be able to help me
> figure this out, I'd really appreciate it.  The author doesn't seem to
> be terribly responsive.

Not very responsive at all.  This same bug looks to have been reported
at on Jan 4, 2005 without response.

I took a quick look at the code.  These lines in UUID.h appear to be the

  typedef unsigned long      unsigned32;
  typedef unsigned short     unsigned16;
  typedef unsigned char      unsigned8;
  typedef unsigned char      byte;
  typedef unsigned long long unsigned64_t;
  typedef unsigned64_t       uuid_time_t;

I can't readily verify this right now, since I don't have access to an
x86_64 box, but I suspect that sizeof(long) is 4 on x86 and 8 on x86_64.
This would change the size of uuid_t and throw off the pointer
arithmetic done in from_string().

The program could probably be patched fairly easily with some #ifdefs to
handle the different architectures, but that's a pretty fundamental
change to be making in a distribution patch.

Chris Grau <chris at>

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