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Re: Use of negated arches for dpkg dependencies

On Sun, Oct 05, 2003 at 05:14:24PM +0000, Robert Millan wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 05, 2003 at 01:12:12PM +0200, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> > 
> > The right solution is of course to be able to specify patterns like
> > "*-linux-gnu".
> Yes, but this is a long-term solution.

Well, 4+ years, a dpkg rewrite, and dozens of arches make up a long term for

> > so you will have a hard time convincing package
> > maintainers or Debian policy that this change is desired.
> I'd have a harder time sending a report for each package every time a new
> non-linux arch is added.

Yes, you.  But others would have a harder time if they wanted to add another
GNU/Linux arch.  Shifting around work from one person to another is not
exactly a solution to the problem.

> > And given that
> > both solutions are "wrong", and the first one is the less ugly _today_, I
> > don't see any reason for change.
> The reason is that (as usual) we're coping with a work that doesn't belong
> to us. If a package depends on a linux-specific one, this is the package
> maintainer (or the Linux-based ports maintainers) who should take care about
> it.

Well, that argument has some merit.

If you want to change things, I guess the best, maybe the only way, is to
get existence practice changed on a case-by-case basis and then get it
solidified by a Debian policy change.


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