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Bug#45599: dpkg: Fails to compile on Alpha

On 20 Sep 1999, John Goerzen wrote:

> Package: dpkg
> Version:
> Severity: important
> This package refuses to build on Alpha.  The error message is:
> checking system architecture... configure: error: failed: use --with-arch= or --target=
> make: *** [/home/buildd/build/dpkg-] Error 1

Just an addendum to this, John and I know how to work around this, but I
can submit a patch if needed to eliminate this.  It only happens when
using an Alpha that isn't older.  For instance, running config.guess on my
Alpha (164SX) returns alphapca56-unknown-linux-gnu.  The quick fix while
compiling things is to add --host=alpha-debian-linux-gnu to the configure
line in rules, but it's much better to change the config.sub to recognise
"alpha*" rather than just "alpha" (or just add a few machine type names to

Again, if you'd like, I can submit a patch for this.  I'll work on
generating one right now just in case...


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