Multiarch crazyiness

Dave Airlie airlied at
Mon Oct 22 10:14:36 UTC 2007

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..


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