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Bug#572158: live-helper: Allow installation of i386 debs with amd64 images

Am 04.03.2010 07:24, schrieb Daniel Baumann:
On 03/02/2010 12:44 AM, Patrick Matthäi wrote:
In the live helper faq there is described, how to add my own deb's to the
live-cd (copying it to the specific chroot folder), that is working,
if the
deb == build-arch.

the idea is that somone can put binary packages for several
architectures into chroot_local-packages and use the same config tree to
build images for several architectures, live-helper automatically takes
whatever is suitable for a given architecture. this is a sane and
reasonable standard behaviour for 99.99% of all use-cases.

changing this standard behaviour doesn't make any sense. installing i386
packages on an amd64 system, although it works, is not supported by
debian itself, and live-helper will therefore, by default, not support
that either.

Anyway I tried to build an amd64 image with
but live-helper ignores this deb file, because i386 != amd64 (without any

I would wish, that live-helper is also able to add i386 debs to amd64

adding a special configuration option that would tell live-helper to not
just install the target architecture packages, but also certain other
packages of a foreign architecture certainly is possible, but imho not
worth the effort (and would be too inflexible anyway, and cluttering the
config tree uselessly).

Could you maybe rething about it?
I know that it is not supported by Debian, but needed for the use of amd64 live helper CDs with those crap HP packages.

It would be realy nice, if it would be supported (something like --allow-other-arch-packages..)

i suggest you use chroot_local-hooks to do that and installs the
packages for you. this looks like the much more appropiate way to go for
such singular hacks than to bend live-helper to support that.


Mit freundlichem Gruß / With kind regards,
 Patrick Matthäi
 GNU/Linux Debian Developer

E-Mail: pmatthaei@debian.org

Always if we think we are right,
we were maybe wrong.

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