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Re: Migration path for 'Multi-Arch:allowed' packages

Ben Hutchings <ben@decadent.org.uk> writes:

> On Tue, 2012-06-12 at 17:45 +0200, David Kalnischkies wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM, Michael Gilbert <mgilbert@debian.org> wrote:
>> > In particular, I filed a bug against dpkg requesting that it produce
>> > more informative error messages in these cases [0], but I wonder if a
>> > part of the solution shouldn't be more automated or at least presented
>> > at a higher level through apt/aptitude, etc?
>> Chicken or the egg?
>> You need to upgrade to support MultiArch,
>> but you need MultiArch to upgradeâ?¦
>> (beside, how would the detection for such a message look like?)
> [...]
>> Maybe all maintainers who want to use Multi-Arch now in wheezy
>> (and therefore drop amd64 packages) should get together and write
>> a "what to do after the distribution upgrade" for the release notes,
>> a (low priority) debconf message and if you want to be really fancy
>> a "transitional" package which shows the same text in case the
>> "dropped" binaries are executed.
> [...]
> I'd be interested in this for linux-image-amd64:i386.  Currently I
> expect linux-image-3.2.0-<n>-amd64:i386 to remain in wheezy but we'll
> still need to advise the user to enable amd64 ready for wheezy+1.  If we
> can document multi-arch well enough in release notes etc. then it might
> be possible to drop it now.
> Ben.

Luckily you have an i386 package that will be updated to. So you can add
something to the NEWS file or even pop up a debconf message telling the
user about going multiarch.


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