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Re: Dependencies across architectures

On 2018-01-07 19:23 +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 5:59 PM, Ole Streicher wrote:
> > If we take Multi-Arch serious, this shouldn't be the case, right?
> I guess the release team might accept patches to britney for this but
> I've also a vague memory that they prefer arches to be self-contained.

This issue affects so few packages that no-one has put in the effort
to make this (automatic migration with cross-arch dependencies) work.
I talked about it with respect to doing this for cross-compilers and
they were OK with doing this properly this so long as there was a good
reason (but in the end cross-compilers were done a different way so
there was no need). In the meantime there is a rather hacky whitelist
for the few packages that do need this (basically wine IIRC).

So yes there is sort-of an assumption that architectures are
self-contained, but clearly we'd like things to work as well as
possible for the cases where they aren't/can't be.

Principal hats:  Linaro, Debian, Wookware, ARM

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