Hi Jonathan (and others), On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 12:28:57AM -0500, Jonathan Yu wrote:
Hi: Here's the thing-- During the build of Test::Valgrind, it builds an .xs file into a C file. This is then used for testing the leak detection functions. As far as I can tell, this file isn't actually used except during build. It's compiled, tested (with the current system valgrind) and then the other files (ie, not Valgrind.so) are installed. This means the file doesn't actually contain any arch-dependent stuff. Actually, I think Test::Valgrind works by forking valgrind (an Arch: all thing) and parsing its output. So once installed, I think it qualifies as Arch: all. Here's the concern: do we want to do arch: any anyway, so that the buildds each test the module with *their* particular built Valgrind.so? It's not installed, after all, but in this case I think things are a bit ambiguous...
I fail to understand: You write above that valgrind is arch all (which in itself sounds odd - isn't it C of C++ code?) and then talk about comparing against a shared object from that arch all package?!?
Any input is welcome and appreciated. Right now I think it belongs as Arch: all, but I'm not totally sure (and as mentioned above, there are reasons to declare it Arch: any and override, or move stuff into /usr/share rather than /usr/lib).
Build tests in Debian packages do not test if all is possible on all architectures. As an example, it is not verified if documentation can be built on all platforms - it is only built once.
So it seems to make most sense to me to *not* build on all archs if the resulting package is identical on all archs.
Beware, that it is not only a matter of the resulting package containing binary stuff or not - if part of the package e.g. contains some lists of numbers tat are architecture-specific (that is crucial for its functionality, not just in documentation or similar) then it is *not* identical across archs and should be arch any.
...at least that's how I interpret things. Kind regards, - Jonas -- * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt * Tlf.: +45 40843136 Website: http://dr.jones.dk/ [x] quote me freely [ ] ask before reusing [ ] keep private
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