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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Indeed, lib64* packages are superceded by multiarch and often are removed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.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here.

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