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Re: multiarch: dependency-oriented vs package-oriented

Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> writes:

> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 11:30:33PM +0200, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
>> >> Moreover, this is not the only exception. Thousands of desktop and server
>> >> packages that contains executable binaries (applications) compiled from
>> >> C/C++/Pascal/etc. also have arch-dependent reverse dependencies - packages
>> >> with debug info, '-dbg' ones. So, they are not 'Multi-Arch: foreign' too.
>> > First, why do these packages need to be cross-installed?  If they don't need
>> > to be, then there's no reason to set the Multi-Arch field on them at all.
>> I want zsh for be "Multi-Arch: foreign" so zomg:i386 and
>> flowscan:amd64 can be installed. But then zsh:amd64 and zsh-dbg:i386
>> would be installable, which clearly does not give functional debugging
>> symbols.
> All well and good that you want this, but both zomg and flowscan are
> arch:any packages present on both architectures.  I don't see any compelling
> reason to support this case on the first pass (i.e., make this supportable
> in squeeze without incompatible changes to Depends:), this looks like a
> wishlist request and not something critical - as is, say, getting rid of
> ia32-libs.

This was just an example. I can probably do the same with bash and
google-earth. Do you want to force everything that depends on bash to
be 32bit now?

Anything named *-dbg must be handled special in apt/dpkg till they all
go away and become .ddebs. And they must be handled special too.

If that is not done then no package with *-dbg flavour or .ddeb can be
"Multi-Arch: foreign", which put a serious dampner on multiarch


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