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Re: Presenting DPKG_ROOT

Hi Russ,

Quoting Russ Allbery (2022-09-20 00:05:23)
> Johannes Schauer Marin Rodrigues <josch@debian.org> writes:
> > in 2016 we filed our first DPKG_ROOT patch #824594 against
> > base-files. The dpkg version at the time just had included support for
> > the DPKG_ROOT variable being set for maintainer scripts and we were
> > excited to try out this new feature for creating foreign architecture
> > chroots. At the time we thought that no discussion on d-devel was
> > necessary before filing the bug because we knew only 10 source packages
> > had to add DPKG_ROOT to their maintainer scripts and because doing so
> > would not affect any normal installation.
> [...]
> Thank you for this excellent write-up!
> This is exactly the type of fairly obscure Debian lore that, although it
> only affects a small number of packages, is worth documenting because it
> can be very difficult to understand otherwise why it's present or to debug
> problems caused by accidentally breaking it.
> I would therefore love to see this documented in Policy.  The
> documentation doesn't have to be long, but even though this only affects a
> small handful of packages used during early bootstrapping, I think we
> should write it down somewhere official so that we have a record of what
> we're doing and how it's supposed to work (and what packages need to care
> about it).
> If possible, could you write up a brief description along those lines and
> open a bug against debian-policy with that description?  We can then
> figure out where to put it in the document.

sure thing!


Lets continue the discussion about how to best include the relevant information
into policy over there.


cheers, josch

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