Debian Bug report logs - #534695
valgrind: wish gen-suppressions was easier to use

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Package: valgrind; Maintainer for valgrind is Alessandro Ghedini <>; Source for valgrind is src:valgrind.

Reported by: Russell Coker <>

Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:54:01 UTC

Severity: wishlist

Found in version valgrind/1:3.4.1-1

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Bug#534695; Package valgrind. (Fri, 26 Jun 2009 12:54:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Russell Coker <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: valgrind: wish gen-suppressions was easier to use
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 22:51:40 +1000
Package: valgrind
Version: 1:3.4.1-1
Severity: normal

Currently the --gen-suppressions option has possible values of "yes", "no", and

I believe that it would be good to have a value of "append" which when used
in conjunction with the --suppressions option would cause the generated
suppressions to be appended to the file.

Pasting the suppressions from the output of a running session to the
suppressions file is a pain and could easily be avoided.

Now I agree that generally such options that make it easy to mask errors have
risks, I don't believe that this is a problem in the case of valgrind.  Firstly
I believe that valgrind users are more skilled than typical programmers and
therefore less likely to abuse such a feature.  Secondly I believe that making
suppressions easier to use would help increase the use of valgrind which would
be a really good thing.

As an aside the man page valgrind(1) for version 3.4.1 has the following in the
suppressions section:
              of careful editing, you may be able to suppress a whole family
              of related errors with only a few suppressions. For details on
              how to do this, see ???.

It would be nice to have something else replace the "???".

Severity set to 'wishlist' from 'normal' Request was from Pierre Habouzit <> to (Wed, 11 May 2011 06:51:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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