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Re: Multilib Middle-Ground

Les Mikesell wrote:
Jeff Spaleta wrote:
On Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM, Colin Walters <walters verbum org> wrote:
 The right way to approach this I think is to target specific third
 party applications which we want to work out of the box.  Say for
 example, Flash and VMWare Workstation.  Surely there are others, but I
 think we can arrive at a reasonably sane set.  We then add these
 packages to the default install image.

Would you include the following in your "sane" set?

nag.com library products
any number of proprietary fortran and C compilers

Throw in Sun's 32 bit jvm's too.

Would it be possible to grow rpm meta-packages of 32-bit lib dependencies for common applications as they become known with some consistent name convention so something like
yum install vmware_32bit_libs
would fix things instead of having to know each needed file and which package provides it?

I don't see how this would be easier to maintain that the whitelist solution. I think it would actually be a lot harder in the long run.


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