libc4 (Was: Re: New source format repackaging: Status.)
> > libc4 extra libs (orphaned)
> > libc4-dev extra devel (orphaned)
> > those 4 are in still in the old package format, but I don't think these
> > packages are very usefull anymore, and can be safely dropped unless someone
> > really wants to maintain them.
> I quite agree. I was going to suggest that 1.3 be the last release
> to have the a.out development tools and libraries included, so we
> can not only retire libc4[-dev], but the a.out binutils and gcc as
> well. As maintainer of both those packages, I would like to formally
> note that building the a.out compatability stuff is a real pain.
I periodically check my system for a.out packages so that I know when
I can get rid of libc4 from my system (I've included the script below
if people are interested). With this talk of getting rid of libc4, I'm
a little concerned about those packages that still need this (a.out)
library. The following is a list of (as far as I know, up-to-date as
of Jan 27) packages installed on my Debian box that still contain a.out
executables or libraries:
abuse (executables under /usr/lib/games/abuse)
acm (executables under /usr/games)
nlsutils (dspcat, dspmsg, gencat, locale, localedef, xtract)
xcompat (libraries under /usr/X11R5/lib and /usr/X11R6/lib/i486-linuxaout)
Of course aout-svgalib, libc4, and xcompat are obviously a.out. 8)
Can we make sure that packages like this are recompiled or removed before
libc4 is pulled from the distribution?
Behan Webster mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
(613) 224-7547 http://www.verisim.com/
# findaout - Find a.out executables and libraries on a Debian system
# Written by: Behan Webster <email@example.com>
if [ $# -eq 1 ] ; then
elif [ $# -gt 1 ] ; then
echo "Usage: `basename $0` [filename]"
if [ -f $FILE ] ; then
echo "Saving old $FILE files..."
savelog -c 8 -m 644 $FILE >/dev/null
echo "Putting list of a.out packages in $FILE..."
nice -n +20 find $DIRS -type f -perm +111 | xargs file
) | egrep 'Linux/i386.*MAGIC' | cut -d: -f1 | xargs dpkg -S
) | cut -d: -f1 | sort -u > $FILE
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