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Re: Bug#746588: gnat should be an architecture dependent package

It is our policy[1] to support the same version of gnat on all
architectures.  The package gnat exists for this very purpose.  Allowing
gnat to depend on different versions of gnat-x.y on different
architectures would defeat this purpose.  If some architecture cannot
support the chosen version of gnat-x.y, then we prefer to drop support
for that achitecture altogether.

The transition from gnat-4.6 to gnat-4.9 has been planned and announced
in due course [3,4] (and furthermore accepted and approved by the Ada
maintainers), therefore should have come as no surprise to anyone
interested in Ada or gnat.

[1] http://people.debian.org/~lbrenta/debian-ada-policy.html#The-Debian-Ada-compiler
[2] https://lists.debian.org/debian-ada/2014/02/msg00000.html
[3] https://lists.debian.org/debian-ada/2014/04/msg00025.html

Therefore I am tempted to close this bug as WONTFIX.  If you have
objections, please explain the benefits of making it easier to break

(Note that, pursuant to our policy, I intend to request removal of
gnat-4.8 in the near future.)

Ludovic Brenta.

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