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Re: Bug#252346: dpkg: Breaks the debian-amd64 port

severity 252346 wishlist
tags 252346 - sid

On Wed, 2004-06-02 at 20:50 +0000, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:

> Package: dpkg
> Version: 1.10.22
> Severity: critical
> Tags: sid
> Justification: breaks the whole system
There is no "amd64" system currently in the Debian archive, therefore I
disagree with your justification and am downgrading this bug to
"wishlist" appropriately.

> the sudden renaming of the architecture from amd64 to x86-64 breaks all
> of the debian-amd64 port. All packages become uninstallable and no upgrade
> path is provided.

You already have build boxes which when the new dpkg is installed will
happily build x86-64 package replacements for you.

For packages already built, you can simply pass --force-architecture to
dpkg when installing.

No upgrade path is provided because no *SUPPORT* was provided in dpkg

> Please change the name back to amd64 asap and next time consult the
> debian-amd64 port mailinglist (and not $RANDOM DD using amd64) before
> doing such a drastic change.
I didn't consult "$RANDOM" developers, I consulted both members of the
ftpmaster team and of the port team.  If these people didn't speak for
*you*, that is too bad.

In the end, I took a decision based on the problems and facts given to

I outlined the reasons for using "x86-64" as the architecture onto the
mailing list, and will outline them again below for the new debian-devel

  * the GNU architecture triplet is *not* amd64

  * neither RedHat nor SuSE have named their ports amd64

  * there are potential trademark issues using AMD's name in the port

  * the reason "x86-64" has been chosen instead of "x86_64" is that we
    currently use "_" as a filename separator and it is therefore not
    a valid character in Package names, Version strings or Architecture

Have you ever, ever felt like this?
Had strange things happen?  Are you going round the twist?

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