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Bug#705452: easy to workaround

Hi Holger,

While a workaround is nice to have, I don't know that just documenting this 
and then hoping that people will actually read the release notes (they don't!) 
is really the best solution. I assume we would all agree that documenting a 
hack and hoping people find the documentation is vastly inferior to fixing the 
problem properly. 

Note also that this workaround is not possible if you have libc6-dev installed 
(possibly other packages required too) -- if you do, then you find what amounts 
to #676483:

-------- 8< --------
# apt-get install xml-core
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 libc6-dev : Breaks: gcc-4.4 (< 4.4.6-4) but 4.4.5-8 is to be installed
E: Broken packages
-------- 8< --------

I suspect having libc6-686 installed would also be sufficient to cause this.

This is the same xml-core → sgml-base → dpkg chain now extending to dpkg → 
(various libraries like) liblzma5 → multiarch-support → libc6. Note that the 
versioned dependency of multiarch-support on libc6 is different on i386 to 
amd64, meaning that multiarch-support requires libc6 to be upgraded on i386 
but does not on amd64 -- is jenkins.d.n only looking at amd64?

I hope this bug will not get ignored over on release-notes... it was at least 
getting more eyes looking at it when it was assigned to general.


Stuart Prescott    http://www.nanonanonano.net/   stuart@nanonanonano.net
Debian Developer   http://www.debian.org/         stuart@debian.org
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