Re: Bug#51832: packaging-manual: Architecture setting: more information.
On Sat, Dec 04, 1999 at 06:07:46PM +0000, Julian Gilbey wrote:
> BTW, please realise that it is fairly rare in most straightforward
> packages for there to be architecture related bugs. They tend to be
> one of a small variety of reasons; the three I have experienced or
> could imagine are:
> (1) The package contains assembler files. In which case, you've no
> chance unless the particular architecture is supported.
> (2) Compiler bug; outside of your jurisdiction, but you can file a bug
> or require the package to be built with a certain compiler version.
> (3) Architecture or OS specific package, such as a set of tools for
> x86 hardware or a Hurd-specific package. Then there's no point
> building for other architectures.
(4) Across OS's: Incomplete POSIX compatibiity, for example unconditional use of
PATH_MAX, MAXHOSTNAMELEN, termio and other interfaces.
Actually about 50% fall (fell) into this category.
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