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Re: Get rid of the lib64 dir?

Kurt Roeckx <Q@ping.be> writes:

> Is there any reason why would we want to have a "lib64" dir on
> amd64?

Its the standard dir for any 64bit library on amd64. (As set in the
FSH, multiarch proposals and the major linux distributions [Debian,
SuSe and RH]).

> The way I see it, the only reason for lib64 is biarch.  I think
> it would make things easier for both pure64 and multiarch if we
> didn't have that lib64 dir.

The lib64 is the standard. For multiarch it doesn't realy matter where
the different libs end up as long as they don't conflict. The way
biarch dpkg is setup all sources would query it for the right
location. Changing it would idealy be a matter of changing just dpkg
and recompile.

> What do you people think about fixing all sources to get rid of
> the lib64 dirs for amd64?

Its a very bad idea since we would loose compatibilty with other linux
distributions and with upstream sources.

We had this discussion in the past and we pretty much all agreed that
/lib64 is ugly. But there is nothing we can do about it short of
getting the FSH and everyone else changed. Its a bit late in the game
to change it.


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