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Bug#476805: mkvmlinuz: FTBFS (ppc64): gnu/stubs-32.h: No such file or directory


On Sat, 19 Apr 2008, maximilian attems wrote:
> On Sat, 19 Apr 2008, Andreas Jochens wrote:
> > when building 'mkvmlinuz' on ppc64/unstable, I get the following error:
> that is not an official debian arch.

it is true that ppc64 not a release architecture, yes. But it is a valid 
Debian architecture which is supported by almost all Debian packages. 
The Debian toolchain with gcc-4.3 and glibc as well as the Debian 
installer, dpkg and many other Debian packages explicitly support ppc64. 

Altogether more than 98% of the packages from the etch release support 
the ppc64 architecture. And work is being done to make this even better 
for the lenny release.

> > The patch adds 'gcc-multilib [ppc64]' to the Build-Depends
> > and 'ppc64' to the Architecture line in debian/control.
> this arch seems to have no real benefit and thus isn't considered for
> inclusion. thus closing

This seems to be a rather harsh reaction to a simple wishlist request 
from a porter.

The ppc64 port is certainly not a mainstream port. But at least some 
people are using it. The current popcon statistics shows the same number 
of machines for ppc64 as for kfreebsd-amd64. Also, some people who are 
running the powerpc port on ppc64 machines are using 64-bit packages 
from the ppc64 port.

On behalf of the ppc64 porters I ask you to revise your decision to 
plainly reject any requests to support the ppc64 port.

Andreas Jochens

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