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Re: Please test gzip -9n - related to dpkg with multiarch support

Russ Allbery writes ("Re: Please test gzip -9n - related to dpkg with multiarch support"):
> Another possible solution is to just give any package an implicit Replaces
> (possibly constrained to /usr/share/doc) on any other package with the
> same name and version and a different architecture.  This isn't as
> defensive, in that it doesn't catch legitimate bugs where someone has made
> a mistake and the packages contain different contents, but it also solves
> the binNMU issue (well, "solves"; the changelog will randomly swap back
> and forth between the packages, but I'm having a hard time being convinced
> this is a huge problem).

Well, it does mean that you might be lacking important information
because the other changelog wouldn't be present on the system.

One thing which no-one yet seems to have suggested is to have
multiarch:same packages put the changelog in a filename which is
distinct for each architecture.  (It wouldn't have to be the triplet;
the shorter Debian arch would do.)  Perhaps there are obvious reasons
(which I have missed) why this is a terrible idea, but it seems to me
that it's something we should consider.


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