Bug#687900: document multiarch

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Bug#687900: document multiarch

Russ Allbery-2
Package: debian-policy
Severity: normal

There are various bugs already filed about some edge cases and
specific issues with multiarch, but none to track the general
documentation of multiarch handling in Policy.  This bug will be
used to discuss the overall wording.  It's possible some of the
existing bugs will be solved as part of the general wording issue,
in which case they'll be merged with this bug.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-3-686-pae (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash


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Bug#687900: document multiarch

Jonathan Nieder
Russ Allbery wrote:

> There are various bugs already filed about some edge cases and
> specific issues with multiarch, but none to track the general
> documentation of multiarch handling in Policy.  This bug will be
> used to discuss the overall wording.

To be precise, am I correct in assuming this means documenting the
following?

 * the Multi-Arch field (meaning of values "same", "foreign",
   "allowed")
 * how the Architecture field affects dependencies
 * installation, configuration, upgrade, and removal procedure
   when a package is installed for more than one architecture

Other multiarch-related topics (such as paths for installing
libraries) seem to be covered elsewhere.

Thanks,
Jonathan


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Bug#687900: document multiarch

Russ Allbery-2
Jonathan Nieder <[hidden email]> writes:

> To be precise, am I correct in assuming this means documenting the
> following?

>  * the Multi-Arch field (meaning of values "same", "foreign",
>    "allowed")
>  * how the Architecture field affects dependencies
>  * installation, configuration, upgrade, and removal procedure
>    when a package is installed for more than one architecture

> Other multiarch-related topics (such as paths for installing
> libraries) seem to be covered elsewhere.

This bug will also cover library paths, the requirements around file
conflicts or lack thereof for the various types of multiarch packages, and
everything else from the multiarch wiki documentation that needs to be
folded into Policy.  I'd rather not do this piecemeal, since we need to
review the whole multiarch specification across Policy to be sure that
everything is consistent.

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Russ Allbery ([hidden email])               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>


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Jonathan Nieder
Russ Allbery wrote:

>                      I'd rather not do this piecemeal

Fair enough.  Thanks for filing the bug, by the way.


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