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Re: sgb powerpc binary package?

Le Wed, May 17, 2006 at 09:02:40PM +0200, Wolfgang Faber a écrit :
> Dear all,
> I noticed that the package sgb (Stanford GraphBase by Don Knuth) is 
> available in binary only for i386. I'm not sure about the reason for 
> that; it has been moved to non-free with the latest version (apparently 
> Knuth doesn't allow it to be modified) quite some time ago, could this 
> be a reason? At the moment there is also a broken dependency when you 
> try to install sgb-doc, which does exist on non-i386.
> Is the right way to go to file a bug report? How does the porting 
> usually work, is it buildd.debian.org? Did the maintainer forget to 
> issue a "request" in this case, or can even I do that?

Dear Wolfgang,

As the non-free section is not autobuilt, the package for powerpc
would have to be compiled on a internal debian machine (for security
purposes), and to be uploaded. The maintainer of the package is of
course the best person to ask this first, and doing so via a bug report
gives some tracability to the request.

In the meantime, you can build it yourself easily from the source
package. Provided that you have the appropriate "deb-src" line in your
/etc/apt/souces.list file, juste type in a directory where you have
enough space for the compilation.

sudo apt-get build-dep sgb
fakeroot apt-get source --build sgb

This will produce a binary package for powerpc. Ideally, you could do
this before sending the bug, thus confirming to the maintainer that the
operation will be trivial.

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Wako, Saitama, Japan

> Sorry if this is a FAQ, but I couldn't find much on it.
> best regards
> Wolfgang
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