ports and multiarch
On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 10:38:29AM +0200, Niels Thykier wrote:
> We also got a number of people interested in architectures not currently
> in unstable. These are:
> alpha: Bill MacAllister (!DD), Kieron Gillespie (!DD)
> arm64: Wookey (DD)
> parisc/hppa: Helge Deller (!DD)
> ppc64: Steven Gawroriski (!DD)
> sparc64: Steven Gawroriski (!DD), Kieron Gillespie (!DD)
We should add official support for ppc64 and maybe sparc64 at least for use
as a multiarch extension to ppc/sparc, even if we do not have time to make a full
port. Otherwise the introduction of multiarch will likely result in a regression
of functionnality on ppc system.
Indeed, lib64* packages are superceded by multiarch and often are removed
due to file conflict with the multi-arch equivalent. However this leads
to a regression for nominally-32bit but 64bit-capable architectures that
do not have a 64bit suit to draw from.
This is especially an issue for ppc, which has a fast 64bit arithmetic.
Imagine a large red swirl here.