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Re: binaries for different architectures in debian packages

Norbert Preining <preining@logic.at> writes:

> Dear DDs!
> [Please Cc me]
> I am one of the contributers to the TeXlive project and we are in the
> process of packaging texlive as debian packages. Herein some questions
> have arisen, the most prominent ATM is:
> Are there any facilities to put binaries of different architectures
>   into debian packages?
>   Background: TeXlive is compiled for several different arch/os
>   combinations, while the data (texmf trees) can be shared between
>   all of them. We want the user to allow the exporting of the
>   texlive directory (via nfs and/or smb) and other clients to
>   use texlive straight ahead.
>   ATM we have binaries for alpha-linux, i386-freebsd4.10, 
>   i386-freebsd5.0, i386-linux, mips-irix6.5, powerpc-aix4.3.3.0,
>   powerpc-darwin6.8, sparc-solaris2.7, sparc64-linux, win32 and
>   x86_64-linux.
> Best would be (if this is allowed according to the policy) to put
> everything under
> 	/usr/share/texlive/
> where there are
> 		.../bin/<arch>-<os>/
> 		.../texmf (trees, various)
> 		.../man
> and put symlinks from /usr/bin/xyz to
> /usr/share/texlive/bin/<arch>-<os>/xyz.
> This way sharing the texlive directory allows easy integration into
> other clients, and texlive won't interfere with tetex (if someone is so
> crazy to install both).
> If someone on this list is interested I can communicate more details,
> and in fact I would be grateful to hear comments and receive some
> help in the design discussions.
> [Please Cc me]
> Thanks a lot and all the best
> Norbert

While Debian fully supports sharing /usr/share between differen hosts
and even different archs the actual packaging system (dpkg in
particular) does not realy support this. This a bit of a sore point in

A more common packaging of such a project would be:


texlive-bin_1.0_<arch>.deb (depends: texlive-data)

The -data package would be build only once and used on all archs while
-bin is build for each arch. To do the actual sharing of /usr/share
between host and to manage that for dpkg you need extra
scripts/tools. Although I can't point you to any goole probably can.


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