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Re: Bug#805988: aboot : dpkg-buildpackage -A on alpha

On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 12:29:54AM +0100, Santiago Vila wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 12:27:00AM +0100, jhcha54008 wrote:

> > How could we keep a working bootloader for our alpha workstations ?

> Can you figure out what changes would be required in the package so
> that the Arch:all package becomes really Arch:alpha?

> I would start by modifying debian/control to read like this:

> Package: aboot-base
> Architecture: alpha

> then debian/rules may need some adjustment, but I can't test that.

> I think that would be the orthodox thing to do for a package which is
> really alpha-specific.

But then the package containing the bootloader-bits-as-data would not be
available to people running on !alpha architectures for purposes of building
installer images.

> The Arch:all thing I admit that it's a clever trick, but it is against
> the release goal (or current setup, depending on how you look at it)
> that every Arch:all package must be buildable in the Arch:all
> autobuilder (which runs amd64).

Well, alpha hasn't been a release architecture for quite some time, so I
don't think that's the most important thing, either.

But it's possible that a better option nowadays would be to use the
gcc-alpha-linux-gnu cross-compiler package.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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