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Re: Dropping sparc32 for lenny

> Perhaps I'm missing something in the big picture, but isn't the only 
> difference between debian-sparc and debian-sparc64 the kernel?  The userland 
> is 32bit in both.

Almost.  For etch we had somewhat of an embarrassing situation as a few
released packages won't work on 32-bit SPARC processors.  We have no
mechanism to alert or prevent users from installing them where they
won't work, and no one working to re-add support for older CPUs.
For more information, see http://wiki.debian.org/Sparc64Only

If we change the toolchain to default to compiling V8plus code, we will
once again have consistency in the sparc port.  Then if there are people
interested in maintaining a separate sparc32 port, with or without
fixing the packages which won't build, they could do so.  I am not
interested in doing so.

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