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Re: redhat abe



On Fri, 28 Jan 2005, Axel Thimm wrote:

On Fri, Jan 28, 2005 at 05:33:25PM +0200, Panu Matilainen wrote:
There is a simple patch by the CERN folks used for ia64 by spliting
apt's processing of i386 and ia64 into different package worlds (in
apt-rpm's archives). Can that be used as for an initial multilib
approach?

Ugh, no thanks. Feel free to patch your version of apt with it, but from my POV it's just too ugly to live with.

Well, uglyness is the essence of coding. ;)


But, seriously, would that patch do its job and get apt up to multilib?

Not IMHO. It's just an ugly workaround to hide 32bit packages from apt making apt rather useless in many ways. I rather have no multilib than a totally broken support for it. The might work for somebodys purposes but not mine :)



apt's lack of multilib is a PITA, but you must also consider that
apt's development community has only one member coming from the
multilib world, the masochist sharing Panu's mail address ... ;)

...and even I'm not really from "multilib world" since I don't have x86_64 boxes at home. My next system is going to be that but whether it happens this year, next year or the one after that I dunno :)

OK, then apt has no developer that could look after multilib support. No wonder that it is still not there (and will probably never make it). It's a catch22 (FC does not support apt, because apt has no multilib, and apt has no multilib, because FC has no (multilib) developers assigned to it :)

Indeed... :-/


Thankfully yum and smart are growing fast enough to fill the gap in
64bit world.

..and both are implemented in a sane language which people can actually understand, unlike C++ :)


- Panu -


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