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Re: RFC: removal of libc5 from sparc dist

Ben Collins wrote:
> Soon after the slink release I requested comments for a decision to remove
> packages that supported libc5 for sparc (aka, xlib6 and other altdev
> packages). That has pretty much been taken care of. The reasons behind it
> were the lack of being able to build the latest libc5 for sparc, and also
> that libc5 was pretty broken on ultrasparc platforms.
> Now coming into the potato release, I want to get some comments on
> removing all traces of libc5 from the sparc dist. This includes altgcc and
> libc5 itself. I can find no reasons to keep it in the dist. As I've said
> before, there are no legacy applications that I know of that use libc5 on
> sparc, and now that jdk for sparc is compiled against glibc, that one
> milestone is gone too.
> Are there any real technical objections to this? If not, I'll start
> posting bug reports to strip the last remaining packages out.

As the [non?-]maintainer of this package, I really agree it should be removed
(along with all other old libs).  I never even tried to rebuild it for months
(maybe years :((( ).  I don't use libc5 linked programs anymore and I didn't
see one for months.

If someone still want to install this library, and all other libc5 linked libs
from the oldlibs section, they could be gotten from a slink CD or archive
mirror.  I guess there will be no incompatibilities in installing them on a
potato system.


 Eric Delaunay                 | S'il n'y a pas de solution, c'est qu'il n'y
 delaunay@lix.polytechnique.fr | a pas de problème.   Devise Shadok.

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