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LSB and architecture names in Debian


We are presently having a discussion on debian-amd64 about the name of
Debian's amd64 port.  The point came up that LSB mandates x86_64 for
this port, and that it also mandates RPM.  The point also arose that LSB
mandates ppc, but we use powerpc.

Therefore, we are curious about your (the LSB people) take on this.  Is
compliance with LSB in this regard simply a matter of making alien
convert ppc to powerpc and x86_64 to amd64?  Or is there something else
involved?  If so, what?  How is this handled for powerpc?

John Goerzen

----- Forwarded message from Michael Banck <mbanck@debian.org> -----

From: Michael Banck <mbanck@debian.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 16:19:22 +0200
To: debian-amd64@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Port Name: A Vote

On Wed, Jun 09, 2004 at 08:23:40AM -0500, John Goerzen wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 09, 2004 at 07:52:25PM +0800, Cameron Patrick wrote:
> > 
> >         [2] The distribution itself may use a different packaging
> >         format for its own packages, and of course it may use any
> >         available mechanism for installing the LSB-conformant
> >         packages.
> > 
> > So I think that if you take the AMD64 Packaging spec in context, it's
> > saying that we have to be able to install /RPMs/ with an arch of
> > x86_64, not that the Debian architecture has to be x86_64.
> In other words, alien just has to convert x86_64 to amd64...

Perhaps somebody should forward this to debian-lsb with enough
background information and ask them what the deal is with rpm/lsb/deb
conversion and whether this is a technical issue at all.


Michael Banck
Debian Developer

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