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Re: Explain to me "any all"

Fantastic, thanks very much Bernhard, I think that's the explanation we're all 


On Sunday 26 February 2012 22:02:15 Bernhard R. Link wrote:
> * Paul Elliott <pelliott@blackpatchpanel.com> [120226 02:03]:
> > The new standard allows "any all" in the Architecture field.
> > 
> > Please explain this new feature. What does it do and under what
> > circumstances should it be used?
> It's for the Architecture field of the .dsc. As that field is
> automatically generated, you don't "use" it normally.
> As maintainer you usually edit the debian/control field. There every
> binary package has an Architecture list. This Architecture in the .dsc
> is the merged list of all those architectures.
> If one package is e.g. architecture "i386" and one is architecture
> "any", then those are merged to "any" (as there is a package to be
> generated on any architecture, it does not matter that on i386 there
> are even more packages to generate).
> What is changed is what happens if one .deb is architecture "any"
> and one .deb is architecture "all". Former versions of dpkg merged
> that to "any" and policy reflected that.
> The problem with this is that it loses information whether there
> are architecture "all" packages to be built. As architecture "all"
> packages were never built by the buildds, this was no actual
> problem, so only fixed recently.
> Current versions of dpkg merge this to "any all", and policy was
> changed to reflect this.
>         Bernhard R. Link

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