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Re: mpich C++ transition status

On Thu, Oct 20, 2005 at 10:32:09AM +0200, Rafael Laboissiere wrote:
> * Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> [2005-10-05 01:28]:

> > > octave-gpc needs a requeue (and I think that's all) on alpha and
> > > mips, as it couldn't find libgpcl-dev and that package now appears to
> > > be available. I'm not sure what's going on with it on ia64; it
> > > installs libgpcl-dev and then can't find the header file from that
> > > package.  Maybe (he says hopefully) a rebuild will help there too?
> > > Should I mail the arch addresses @buildd.debian.org about those two
> > > requeues?

> > Actually, libgpcl-dev has been in the archive for alpha and mips, at
> > the same version, since before sarge's release.  I think the issue is
> > simply that the autobuilders aren't configured to draw
> > build-dependencies from non-free; I've just checked with Ryan Murray,
> > and he confirms this is a policy decision, not a bug.  So someone will
> > have to hand-build octave-gpc on alpha and mips (and possibly the
> > others).

> Would it help if octave-gpc goes into non-free?  

Not particularly; non-free doesn't get autobuilt any more reliably than
contrib does.  There are unofficial autobuilders available for non-free in
particular, but I don't know of any policy that would prevent them also
building contrib packages.

Anyway, a bigger issue is that libgpcl-dev is broken on alpha and ia64; bug
filed about that.

> BTW, is there anything in the Policy that prevents a package in contrib to
> build-depend on a package in non-free?

Nope, just practical considerations that prevent this from working today on
the buildds.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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