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Re: Bug#317082: Not just a dpkg bug

At Thu, 18 Aug 2005 10:24:14 +0200,
Andreas Jochens wrote:
> There is already an inofficial buildd for the ppc64 architecture 
> running for 'unstable'. The respective ppc64 package archive is located at
> deb http://debian-ppc64.alioth.debian.org/gcc4 unstable main
> and almost 95% of all source packages from 'unstable' have already been
> compiled for the ppc64 architecture. 

Indeed - if we put this thought forward, we'll reach to the whole
native ppc64 support of all packages.

BTW I think supporting all binary packages as 64bit native does not
have much sense - most packages do not use such large memory space,
and even they run slower than 32bit binaries.  This is because I would
like to introduce (ex:) Features flags.

> A small number of packages still need some minor patches
> to make this work, notably 'glibc' (see #301438 - the patch in that
> bug is outdated, but I could supply an updated patch for this).

I didn't put your patch because the native ppc64 support was not
adopted, from the discussion that was done in debian-powerpc lists.
If your patch does not have any impact, please send your latest
version to me.

> With this setup, the ppc64/powerpc situation would become very similar 
> to the amd64/i386 situation and the same solution for multiarch/biarch 
> support could be used for both cases. 

Yes.  The current partial support for biarch imposes various
modifications on package maintainers.  Such method will not be
spereaded - debian is the large voluntary organization, reducing cost
of package maintainer's load is the primal principle.

-- gotom

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