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Re: Concerns about AMD64 port

Tony Hoyle wrote:
Stephen Frost wrote:
 > That's why you're likely to have to rebuild everything for amd64 after
 > the changes to the packaging system are made which is why some people
 > don't see much point in a 64bit-only native Debian system now.

With that example you're going to have to rebuild every package for i386 as well. Fundamental changes to the packaging system will require that anyway.

TBH I don't give a crap about /lib64 myself - a pure 64bit debian would do fine. I want 64bit because I develop software that needs testing in 64bit... if gentoo actually worked properly I'd be using that now (they just compile everything 64bit to /lib then have a symlink to /lib64 for compatibility, which sounds like the best way.).

What about using /lib for 64-bit libraries and /lib32 for 32-bit
libraries ?

This would allow a nice compatibility between 64-bit/32-bit systems and
pure 64-bit ones: to convert a 64-bit/32-bit system to a pure 64-bit
one, just do "rm -rf /lib32". Choosing to use /lib64 will lead to
incompatibility between these systems...

Legacy 32-bit apps trying to load libraries from /lib could be
redirected to /lib32 with the help of a small hack (done by an
LD_* environment variable, the dynamic loader, or even the kernel).

Marc Bevand

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