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Re: dpkg: adding a "Kernel:" tag to control files

How about being just a little bit more generic: Use an ABI tag, and let
kernel or library packages provide that ABI. Then, when you enable Linux binary
emulation on that NetBSD kernel, have it provide both "abi-netbsd" and
"abi-linux". At that point, it could allow packages for either to be
installed.  Same thing also could apply to 32/64 bit environments. Use
something like "abi-sparc32" vs. "abi-sparc64", and let 64 bit machines support

On Fri, Nov 09, 2001 at 09:44:01PM +0100, Robert Millan wrote:
> Package: dpkg
> Severity: wishlist
> Hello,
> I'd like to suggest adding a "Kernel:" tag to the control file. I think
> it'd be very useful to allow combinations of kernels and architechtures
> that need to be done manually as now. Moreover, in the future with
> the coming of kernel-ports like GNU/Hurd, GNU/*BSD and GNU/W32, this
> would become still more useful.
> The most dramatical situation we could find is that, if someday we have a
> debian
> port for, say, each of the 45 (and more to come) architechture NetBSD is
> ported
> to, the maintainer of a netbsd-specific package will be forced to type
> *all*
> the architechtures:
> Architechture: netbsd-i386, netbsd-.... (up to 45 entries)
> While if we had a Kernel: tag it'd be as simple as this:
> Architechture: any
> Kernel: netbsd
> Please implement this feature, for this would add a lot of flexibility to
> porters
> working on non-linux ports.
> Regards,
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