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Re: Multiarch crazyiness

On Mon, 2007-10-22 at 20:14 +1000, Dave Airlie wrote:
> On Sun, 2007-10-21 at 20:11 -0400, Jon Masters wrote:
> > On Sun, 2007-10-21 at 22:18 +0100, Ian Chapman wrote:
> > > Hans de Goede wrote:
> > > 
> > > > The current multilib solution in rpm is far from pretty, it works well, 
> > > > but definitively has downsides. I think as is its a reasonable 
> > > > comprimise, lets not add bandaids and patches to it for issues which 
> > > > should be solved elsewhere, I feel the pain of maintainers getting these 
> > > > bugs (I got 15 of them), but they are fixable without requiring the 
> > > > addition of yet another multilib kludge to rpm.
> > > 
> > > Well the question is still really where should these issues ultimately 
> > > be solved? Is kludging the rpms any more elegant than patching rpm? I 
> > > must admit I have no idea how other distro's deal with these kind of 
> > > issues.
> > 
> > Without ranting aimlessly, IMO the only real solution is to stop
> > kludging rpm, yum, etc. and split out multilib libraries properly - and
> > if needed, seek and get approval for a bin64/bin32 with alternatives
> > system. Hacking RPM to simply ignore the fact that two packages provide
> > the same file is not the solution.
> > 
> I have to agree, I didn't know about the stupid bin behaviour and
> recently started flushing 64-bit packages from my ppc64 machine, and
> ended up removing a fair few files from /usr/bin that were still being
> provided by the 32-bit packages.
> it just screamed kludge to me..

It obviously was a kludge. And a great one - Jeremy, Bill, and other
*smart* people (so don't get me wrong guys!) had to come up with a
solution at some point when this came up, but it's long since time to
take a big breath and think about a longer term fix.

Can we agree that needs to happen? If so, I'll happily actually get
involved in implementing a fix, as I've said to these folks in face to
face conversations about multilib before!


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