Re: when can a package be made architecture-dependent?
On Wed, 15 Jan 2003, Colin Watson wrote:
> This is an incorrect assumption. If the package does not build on other
> architectures, then it will *not* be kept out of testing. That will only
> happen if it built once on some architecture and then stops being
> Declaring "Architecture: i386" because you haven't guaranteed yourself
> that it will build is wrong, and Debian porters have been fighting
> against this for years.
> > > That's not the sort of equality we're aiming for.
> > Actually, I thought that *was* the sort of equality Debian was aiming
> > for...if it breaks for any architecture, it's a serious problem that
> > everyone has to deal with. If every Debian developer refused to support
> > architectures he/she didn't have immediate access to, non-x86 Debian would
> > disappear pretty quickly.
It would be very helpful if this position were explicitly stated in Debian
Policy, especially if people have been "fighting against this for years."
Before reporting this bug, I searched the policy manual for all references
to "architecture" and found no mention of this issue...as a result,
reportbug classified the bug as "normal" and not "serious" or even