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how to split architecture dependent data files into separate package

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Hi all,

I am packaging [1] sunpinyin. Sunpinyin is a Chinese input method engine.

As you may know, this source package builds two binary packages for
two input method platform (SCIM and IIIMF) respectively. Both of these
binary packages contain a copy of the lexicon and its index data
files. The total size of the data files is about 19M in each binary
package. And what makes things more complicate is that there are
actually two copies of data in source package. One is in big-endian
format, the other is in small-endian format. So the source package is
around 38M.

As the size of data files in the package is considerable, I think it
is necessary to split the data out into separate package(s) [2]. So
far, the best approach in my mind is to create two other data packages
named sunpinyin-le-data and sunpinyin-ge-data, and make the binary
packages depend on the data package by its endianness accordingly.

Is this solution feasible, or is there any better way to solve this problem?

And moreover, I am afraid that sunpinyin-{le,ge}-data are not
architecture neutral. So is it okay to make these two packages

At last, Is there any way to specify the package dependency by architecture?

Thanks in advance.

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[1] Bug#478811: ITP: sunpinyin -- An input method engine based on SLM

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Kov Chai

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