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Re: Where to find 'official' multilibs rpm howto/introduction? and elf32/elf64?




On Aug 3, 2006, at 7:01 AM, Matthew Miller wrote:

On Thu, Aug 03, 2006 at 06:39:14AM -0400, Jeff Johnson wrote:
Installing both arches is asking for a great deal of trouble with
very little gain.

Unfortunately, the default Fedora and RHEL configuration do the asking. (And
yum installs all archs by default.)


Yes, very unfortunate.

The fault lies in the packaging.

If executables were split from libraries, then packages containing elf executables could
be chosen by arch, while libraries could be installed simultaneously.

As long as packages contain elf executables and libraries, then installing everything (where rpm will choose to install only elf64 executables) is the only possible (and flawed) solution
for yum, Fedora, and RHEL.

Software by the pound bloatery increases the perception of added value, doesn't it?

I still suggest that choosing an arch, and using packages only for that arch, is likelier
to be useful to the majority of users. YMMV, clearly does.

73 de Jeff


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