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Re: The future (or non-future) of ia32-libs

On 06/22/2012 05:34 PM, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> Step 1: upgrade/dist-upgrade with ia32-libs (wine, ...) held back
> Step 2: dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update
> Step 3: dist-upgrade (ia32-libs, wine, ... is now installable)
May I suggest that upon upgrade, we have a debconf message telling
about it? We could add this in base-files or any essential package,
probably one with some debconf messages already in would be a better
pick. Instructions would show, IF ia32-libs old version is currently
AND the --add-architecture i386 hasn't bee done.

I know we have release notes, but some don't know about them or would
simply not read them. A debconf message seem really appropriate IMO.
Something along with:

> It appears that you have an old version of ia32-libs installed in your
> system. Debian now supports multi-arch, and the new version of
> ia32-libs (a transitional package) uses and needs this new feature.
> .
> In order to upgrade the version of ia32-libs in your system, you will
> need to do:
>    dpkg --add-architecture i386
>    apt-get update
>    apt-get dist-upgrade
> Until you do this, upgrades of ia32-libs and packages depending on
> it (wine, other examples, etc.) will not be possible. More information
> about this available at: https://wiki.debian.org/<please-fill>

I'm ok to contribute a small patch doing this.
Thoughts? Any English guy to propose a better wording?



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