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Re: Bug#873866: tophat: Please add arm64

On 2017-09-04 10:06 +0200, Andreas Tille wrote:
> Hi Edmund,
> On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 07:37:38PM +0100, Edmund Grimley Evans wrote:
> > It seems to be possible to build this package on arm64.
> > Is there any reason why it would not work on arm64?
> It might be that tophat builds on other architectures but it Depends
> bowtie2 | bowtie and these are only available on the explicitly
> specified architectures.  I could add these to Build-Depends to make
> this more clear but I'm tempted to close this bug if you agree. 

It seems to me that if something builds (or just probably builds) on
architectures then we should not restrict architectures just because
of dependencies. The package will sit in 'dep-wait' until the
build-dep becomes available (which might be a very long time, but that
doesn't do any harm). This makes it obvious that this package is not
known to be a problem on other arches - the build-dependency is the

Now in this case bowtie is already built for arm64, so your reasoning
for the arch restriction seems to be out of date.

So, no I don't think you should just close this. In fact I still can't
see any reason not to let this build on arm64, (and ppc64el and s390x,
and ppc64 and sparc64, all of which have bowtie already built). So in
fact I think you should just remove the arch restriction.

Principal hats:  Linaro, Debian, Wookware, ARM

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