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Re: Processor microcode update packages (was: Towards d-i wheezy beta 3)

On Thu, 13 Sep 2012, Andrei POPESCU wrote:
> On Jo, 13 sep 12, 11:29:39, Nikolaus Rath wrote:
> > I think this should be mentioned somewhere *much* more prominent. I
> > consider myself pretty tech-savy, but only stumbled upon this just now
> > on the this list. Can a non-free package be made essential or
> > required? It seems there is really absolutely no-reason other than
> > non-freeness for not installing this by default.
> Could the various microcode packages be Suggested or even Recommended by 
> firmware-linux-nonfree?

Probably not, because our support for arch-lists outside of
build-dependencies is just a hack (it is resolved at package build time, and
the dependencies are ommited based on the build arch).  The microcode
packages are arch-specific, and firmware-linux-nonfree is arch all.  Arch
all cannot have any arch-specific binary package dependencies.

This means a recommends or suggests for the two microcode packages, if added
to firmware-linux-nonfree, would be visible, and not satisfiable, on every
arch but i386 and amd64.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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