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Re: Architecture: all + M-A: foreign

On Thu, Dec 06, 2012 at 03:20:00AM -0600, Peter Samuelson wrote:

> [Helmut Grohne]
> > I ask you not to use this proposal for the following reasons:

> >  * Given a package it is now much harder to see whether it is tagged M-A
> >    or not. Especially you can no longer determine the tagging by simple
> >    examination of package lists.

> That's fair.  Though I imagine if apt knew about this mapping, it could
> just add 'M-A: foreign' to its package cache, so you would see it with
> 'apt-cache show' or 'apt-cache dumpavail'.  Anyway, it's a concern.

Implementing this via apt's internal cache would adversely impact dpkg's
availability to correctly resolve package dependencies at install time.  If
this were to be done at all, it should be done in a way that dpkg can
continue to DTRT in the absence of a higher-level package manager - so
either it needs to be something dpkg can calculate itself, or it needs to be
in the package's own control file.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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