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Re: dpkg-cross maintenance status


At Thu, 03 Jan 2002 21:07:33 -0700,
Matt Taggart wrote:

> > Is there anyone who utilize dpkg-cross?
> I used it for bootstrapping Debian on hppa, it's *very* useful. I didn't need 
> to make too many changes. I still need to submit a patch for hppa support. At 
> the time I was too distracted by having a native toolchain to spend time on 
> dpkg-cross patches :)
> The things I changed for hppa are available at,
> http://cvs.parisc-linux.org/build-tools/dpkg-cross/

That's right, I know its usefulness as well as you.  I worked with
dpkg-cross for binary-sh bootstrapping last spring. That effort
resulted in the Dreamcast Linux Distribution later.

We must have accumulated numerous improvements and much know-how on
dpkg-cross through such a rare experience as bootstrapping Debian for
the brand-new architecture.

I simply feel it regrettable to leave them being lost.  We should
share them.

> > According to BTS, it seems that dpkg-cross has been left unmaintained
> > for more than 1 year...
> > 
> > I want to add SuperH support to dpkg-cross (I've just reported as the
> > wishlist, Bug#127723), and there are several bugs I want to fix too.
> The SuperH changes are probably more important since the need to xcompile debs 
> is higher given most native platforms are fairly limited. That said I'd still 
> take a limited native platform over dpkg-cross. Debian was not meant to be 
> xcompiled :(

Yes, for embedded platforms with limited resources cross compling is
quite important, especially when you want to build a large set of
software such as Debian distrubution.

But as you know we currently have much troubule with cross building
Debian packages, even though most of the problem can be easily solved
with a few changes.

I often feel that most source packages might have a bit more cross
compile awareness.  Of course I should report that to the BTS to the
extent not annoying maintainers.

> For now maybe you could just publish them somewhere and submit a pointer to 
> the BTS. If the maintainer isn't responsive you can follow the proper NMU 
> procedure I guess.

Yes, I would record things as possible.  Thank you.

YAEGASHI Takeshi <t@keshi.org> <takeshi@yaegashi.jp> <yaegashi@dodes.org>

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