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Re: How to tell users that ia32-libs will go away

Samuel Thibault <sthibault@debian.org> writes:

> Goswin von Brederlow, le Thu 09 Feb 2012 15:53:35 +0100, a écrit :
>> 3) What about stable users?
>> I don't see a way to transition stable users slowly. As said above I
>> intent to request removal of ia32-libs for wheezy. So there will be no
>> transition period where both ia32-libs and multiarch will be in stable.
> Can't we keep an ia32-libs package which is empty and just depends on
> the corresponding multiarch packages?
> Samuel

I fear not.

1) Debian doesn't allow cross architecture depends (yet, afaiks,
   problems with DAK, testing migration, etc, might be outdated info).

2) Multiarch doesn't magically work in stable
   - The user needs to install a multiarch dpkg / apt / aptitude.
   - The user needs to enable multiarch (add i386 to the architectures)
   - The user needs to apt-get / aptitude update to fetch i386 Packages.gz
   - Now the user can install multiarch packages

An ia32-libs transitional package that depends on libfoo:i386,
libbar:i386, <50 other libs> would be uninstallable on upgrade.

But maybe that would be acceptable. Something to keep in mind.


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