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

Adam Borowski <kilobyte@angband.pl> writes:

> On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 05:33:45PM +0100, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
>> If there is no 64bit kernel in i386 then you can not safely enable
>> multiarch to install amd64 packages (in general, kernel my just
>> work). It is kind of a prerequisite.
> qemu-user?
> Of course, this particular combination is quite bizarre as no non-embedded
> i386 CPU manufactured today can't execute amd64 code directly (Intel had a
> throwback in early Atoms but even that is gone).  Yet I personally did need
> to run qemu-system-amd64 on i386 on one occasion, many years ago.
> So I think there should be a way to mark architectures as one of:
> a) primary (can be ran efficiently)
> b) configured for execution (qemu, unwanted variants)
> c) data/headers only (cross-compilation)
> Group b) should be avoided by apt when possible, and it should refuse to
> install any executables from c) unless forced.  Not sure what to check for
> -- having any files in /{usr/,}{s}bin ?
> This way people would be safe from accidentally installing binaries that
> don't work or work slowly.

Case C should only allow MA:same packages unless forced.


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