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Re: amd64 and dpkg and so

>>>>> "Xavier" == Xavier Roche <rocheml@httrack.com> writes:

    Xavier> On Wed, Aug 27, 2003 at 11:29:33PM -0500, Michael Shuey wrote:
    >> I don't see a pure 64-bit port as that useful; there's a lot of software
    >> that I just don't need rebuilt (apache, for example).

    Xavier> And the major advantage for opteron is to have 32-bit
    Xavier> compatibility.  Being able to smoothly migrate from a debian x86 to
    Xavier> a debian opteron, by just changing the hardware, is imho a major
    Xavier> feature.

Fully agreed. A pure 64bit distro would be nothing more than an academical
exercise at this stage and the foreseeable future with little practical value
and even less real users. 32 bit binaries will need to run on these machines
for a long time. Please don't waist resources for this.

    >> These extra -amd64 packages could be kept in a separate apt archive
    >> initially, until proper testing can be done and a place found in the
    >> main

    Xavier> In fact, opteron boxes would use the standard x86 archive, PLUS
    Xavier> additional 64-bit sources. Does this make sense?

    Xavier> In that way, installing a debian on an opteron box could be done: -
    Xavier> installing a regular x86 debian version - adding 64-bit opteron
    Xavier> sources - migrating the kernel, and essential packages to 64-bit,
    Xavier> installing 64-bit essential packages - smoothly migrating services
    Xavier> (apache, ..) to 64-bit

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