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Re: thoughts on architectures

On Mon, Feb 11, 2002 at 01:25:51AM -0500, utsl@quic.net wrote:
> 	4. Drop keeping metadata in package filenames. Make them just a unique
> 	   string, assigned when the package is installed into the archive.
> 	   That gets rid of the need to add something to the filename to
> 	   distinguish i386 from sparc packages. Just use the Packages files,
> 	   and the control fields from the packages themselves. I'd be in
> 	   favour of going further: use one Packages file, and determine
> 	   available packages based on the tags your kernel and libc support.

Which would lead to the problem, that in the pool/ there would be stuff



Essentially rendering manual download impossible.

This is a question to Marcus Brinkmann: 

	How can one distinguish 
	package_1.0-1.deb (i686,glibc,mmx) and
	package_1.0-1.deb (sparc,netbsd4)

	in the pool (i.e. filesystem)?

I know, in your doc, you don't explicitly specify an 'encoding' for this
dependency information, but people (as simpleminded as I am) would think
about some extra entry in the Depends: field, which wouldn't help much
with filesystemlayout in the mirrors as Philip Charles mentioned in
regard to partial mirrors and things as pointet out above.

Regards, David
Signaturen sind wie Frauen. Man findet selten eine Vernuenftige
	-- gesehen in at.linux

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