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Re: multiarch status update

Wouter Verhelst <wouter@debian.org> writes:

> On Wed, May 17, 2006 at 10:08:38PM +0200, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
>> Wouter Verhelst <wouter@debian.org> writes:
>> > Have you considered employing the alternatives system (or something
>> > similar)? What I'm suggesting is that you'd basically get a /bin64 and a
>> > /bin32, where binaries install themselves in /bin by default but divert
>> > to the /binXX when both versions are installed, and use symlinks in an
>> > update-alternatives way to select the default.
>> Each package that deems it neccessary can choose to do so.
> That's not what I meant, really.
>> I imagine the count to be near 0. Certainly nothing dpkg should handle
>> automagicaly for all debs.
> Why not?

Extra complexity with extra risk of breaking for no practical gain.

Also don't forget that you can have more than 2 archs but dpkg can't
have more than 2 diversions.


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