RE: 64-bit packaging details
Jeff, I believe it's in the LSB that 64-bit libraries should go in /lib64 (or maybe that's tradition; I'd have to look it up). An AMD64 system can be used to run and to develop 32-bit, "i386" code, so there will be some 32-bit support libraries in /lib. So there will be a bit of a 32-bit and 64-bit mix.
I definitely agree with you on dpkg; it needs to be taught that, much like in the Itanium world, the platform will run both 64-bit and 32-bit code. Itanium just runs 32-bit code slower. ;-) If dpkg already knows this for IA64, teaching it about AMD64 shouldn't be difficult.
From: Jeffrey W. Baker [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2003 11:19 AM
Subject: 64-bit packaging details
As far as I can tell the questions in this thread were never resolved:
Are the packages going to be in an amd64 arch, with the main system
installed as i386 and amd64 packages allowed? And all 64-bit libs are
definitely going in /lib64?
Doesn't that seem kind of hokey for a pure 64-bit installation? On
Alpha (a 64-bit-only arch) you don't have /lib64, just /lib.
In either case, it seems like dpkg is the first order of business, if we
have to teach it that it can install amd64 as well as i386.
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