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Re: Upcoming Debian multiarch support (amd64, sparc64, s390x, mips64) [affects sarge slightly]

* Gunnar Wolf (gwolf@gwolf.cx) wrote:
> Being it that way, and being me a stubborn, if in the long run 32-bit
> support will cease being important, why not targetting at
> standardness(?) and avoid the lib64 thing? I know, as you told me,
> that it's the way RH and SuSE went - but that does not make it
> right. It is a de-facto thing, not a standard. If anything, it should
> be lib32, because the 32-bitness is the one that in the future might
> be deprecated/rare. /lib should remain /lib, even more if (unlike
> Sparc) the default, optimum mode is 64 bit.

The argument against that is that it might break some commercial apps,
some non-free apps, and some Debian programs that brokenly use rpath.
You'll also need a symlink if you expect to run i386.deb binaries
directly.  If you want to be LSB compatible you'll need a /lib64 with a
symlink there too, apparently.  I don't know if anyone actually put any
thought into that decision though.

Can we deal with that?  Personally, I think so, and it would give some
hope to having an amd64 system this year.


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