[Shaun Jackman] > A grave bug has been file against a package I maintain pointing out > that the package does not work on AMD64 and in fact never has, even > though it builds on AMD64. Since it turns out this package has never > worked on AMD64, this bug is not a regression, but the status-quo. > Should such a bug be grave, or merely important? Leaving aside the point that amd64 isn't in Debian yet (it will be quite soon, so let's just pretend it is now), I think the bug is correctly RC. If you don't think the package will ever work on amd64 (in the near term, anyway), you can fix the bug by disabling the build on amd64. If your package only builds a single binary package, it's best to just exclude amd64 from the architecture line in debian/control: Architecture: alpha arm hppa i386 ia64 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc armeb hurd-i386 kfreebsd-i386 m32r ppc64 sh If it builds multiple binaries and you just want to exclude amd64 from some of them, a cleaner approach is what we use in subversion, in debian/rules. We need to build the 'libsvn-javahl' package only on architectures which have a working version of kaffe: ENABLE_JAVAHL := yes DISABLE_JAVAHL_ARCHS := arm armeb m68k mips mipsel kfreebsd-i386 export DEB_HOST_ARCH ?= $(shell dpkg-architecture -qDEB_HOST_ARCH) ifneq (,$(filter $(DEB_HOST_ARCH), $(DISABLE_JAVAHL_ARCHS))) ENABLE_JAVAHL := endif ifeq ($(ENABLE_JAVAHL), yes) confflags += --enable-javahl ... else export DH_OPTIONS := -Nlibsvn-javahl endif Here we've set up ENABLE_JAVAHL as a way to conditionalise the rest of debian/rules so as to build or not build the java package. The interesting part, though, is the last line, setting DH_OPTIONS. That variable tells debhelper not to build libsvn-javahl. Thus we don't need to list a dozen architectures in debian/control. We do still need to duplicate the arch exclusion list in debian/control: Build-Depends: ... kaffe-dev [!arm !armeb !m68k !mips !mipsel !kfreebsd-i386] but an exclusion list is much less cumbersome than an *inclusion* list, and you can't use an exclusion list in the Architecture line, unlike the Build-Depends line. HTH.
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