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Re: Architecture in *.dsc files

Jonathan Yu <jonathan.i.yu@gmail.com> writes:

> This is probably a stupid question, but...
> On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 11:33 PM, Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> wrote:
>> Currently, Policy's description of Architecture includes the statement:
>>    In the main debian/control file in the source package, or in the
>>    source package control file .dsc, one may specify a list of
>>    architectures separated by spaces, or the special values any or all.
>> By my reading, this says that the Architecture field may be *either* a
>> list of architectures *or* one of any or all.  However, the current
>> dpkg-dev appears to generate an Architecture line that includes both
>> architectures and special values like "all".
> I'm curious, which package(s) do this? What is the idea of doing so?
> Is it like saying, "build specially on these architectures; otherwise
> just use 'all'"? Or am I missing the point of it completely?

I noticed it with the openafs package, whose compiled code only works
with a restricted set of architectures but which also includes a
documentation package that's arch: all.

The Architecture field in the .dsc file isn't something that the package
is responsible for.  dpkg-dev creates it based on the Architecture
fields in debian/control.

http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=526617 appears to be
the relevant change.  I have no problem with this change -- it looks
correct to me.  It just means the Policy wording is wrong, and I'd
rather get a definitive statement about what Policy *should* say and
what the meaning of possible .dsc Architecture field contents are.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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