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Re: Let's remove mips, mipsel, s390, ... (Was: [Fwd: Re: GTK+2.0 2.6.2-3 and buildds running out of space])

On Mon, 2005-02-21 at 11:13 -0800, Brian Nelson wrote:
>On Mon, Feb 21, 2005 at 11:33:35AM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
>> On Sun, Feb 20, 2005 at 10:57:47PM +0000, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
>> > But a total of eleven is insane.
>> It is sometimes hard to get them all to work, yes.
>> It also vastly increases the quality of the Free Software in our
>> archive, as we discover bugs that appear only on one architecture.
>That's an overstatement.  Simply having two architectures (i386 and ppc)
>would be enough to reveal nearly all portability bugs.

False. Unaligned data access is a portability problem, and I've never
seen a bus error on any of my PPCs or i386s[0], but I have on

[0] Actually, I did have my current machine (an i686) have a problem
with a bus error, but that was because *somebody* (who shall remain
nameless) accidentally unplugged the hard disk while the computer was
running. Needless to say, the kernel did not take kindly to this.

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