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Re: [Fwd: Re: Bug#254598: Name of the Debian x86-64/AMD64 port]

On Fri, Jun 18, 2004 at 01:07:54AM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Pretty much all of these lead me to conclude that we should resolve
> along the following lines:
>  * In our opinion the porting team are the right people to be deciding
>    on the architecture name, in general.
>  * In our opinion there is no significant technical reason to
>    interfere with the porting team's decision; on the contrary, we
>    largely agree with the porting team's choice of `amd64'.
>  * In our opinion architecture names with underscores in should not be
>    used because of the existing use of underscore as a separator in
>    package filenames, etc.; accordingly we advise that these should be
>    avoided.
>  * Since names with hyphens in are currently only used when separating
>    variant kernel-processor combinations, we advise that this practice
>    should be continued.
>  * Therefore, insofar as we are granted any authority by the
>    constitution, we uphold the porting team's choice of `amd64'.
>  * We request that dpkg should be changed to use `amd64'.
>    Should the dpkg maintainers decline, we will seek clarification of
>    the Constitution and consider using our powers in 6.1(1), 6.1(2) or
>    6.1(4) to overrule the dpkg maintainers.

I agree with all of these items, and I don't have any better suggestions.



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