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Re: Can we upload binaries using libc6 to hamm yet?



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"Crazy" proposal
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to make the libc5 -> libc6 transition as easy as possible:

Consider Debian 2.0 for i386 as "one more Debian port" in some way. Make
hamm to be still libc5-only and release it as Debian 1.4 in about two
months. Create a new and parallel distribution over hamm, entirely of
libc6 packages, which are compiled not by the normal maintainers but by a
reduced team of people (like we do for the other Debian ports). Normal
developers would only upload libc5-i386 binaries and source to hamm.

Things that we would surely need to change:

* The package format. For the same source package, it should be possible
to have several binary packages, one libc5 based and another one libc6
based, having been both created from the same *source* package; and dpkg
when installing should, in a clever way, prefer the one compiled with
libc6 over the other. This would eliminate the need of a "* Recompiled
for libc6" entry in the changelog, which is really a nonsense entry, since
it is about building environment, not about source changes.

* Packages providing libraries: No idea about this. Fortunately, most 
packages do not provide any library.


I know this is a crazy idea, but I'm not totally sure...

Thanks.

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Santiago Vila <sanvila@unex.es>


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