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Re: [multiarch] Proposal for *-dev packages

Stephen Frost <sfrost@snowman.net> writes:

> * Goswin von Brederlow (brederlo@informatik.uni-tuebingen.de) wrote:
> > Every time the maintainer of a library make a new version he should
> > test that the library works for nativ and multiarch correctly if
> > possible. If it just means running "linux32 debuild" and "debuild"
> > thats a reasonable request. Thats what we want but not neccessarily
> > need.
> Honestly, I tend to disagree with this.  We could ask the same of all
> maintainers to check on all archs they can but it gets to a point where
> it's not entirely reasonable.  I expect those building on amd64 to

They should test it on all archs they have reasonable access to. Of
cause I don't expect them to test a package with a typo in the
desription on every arch but for feature changes they should. At least
a representable set, i.e. 32 and 64 bit, little and big endian.

Not enough maintainer do.

> test/upload amd64.deb's and those building on i386 to test/upload
> i386.deb's.  We have the buildds and we have unstable, things will get
> tested on the other archs pretty quickly and developers will quickly
> pick up on problem areas and where they need to be careful, just like we
> do for other archs.  Probably better since amd64 will likely be more
> popular than some of our other archs.
> So, to put it simply, even if we made it easy for DDs with amd64's, I
> wouldn't expect it to happen and I'm not sure we should try and force it
> to.
> 	Stephen

The easier you make it the more maintainer will do it.


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