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Re: Arch:all package depending on package that isn't Arch:any

On Tue, 13 Jan 2009 08:30:08 +0100
"Julian Andres Klode" <jak@debian.org> wrote:

> Russ Allbery wrote:
> > It would be nice if there were some way of telling the archive software
> > not to include this package in the archive index on the platforms it
> > doesn't support, though.
> My proposal was http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/02/msg00045.html

And an improved version which doesn't add unnecessary content was
offered too:


How about using (for example)

Architecture: all [i386 amd64 ppc]

This has two advantages over a separate line:
1. it doesn't bloat the Packages.gz file (which is v.important for
2. it follows existing conventions for such data, e.g. build-depends
and depends lines, which means that existing tools require fewer
changes to process the new information

We don't have Build-Depends-Architecture or Depends-Architecture, so
why consider Install-Architecture? Fundamentally, these are the same
problem so the same solution would be useful.

What is needed now is for someone to pursue the idea with bug reports
and patches to get it implemented. Ideas are fine but someone needs to
do the work of identifying what needs to change and how to get it


Neil Williams

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