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Re: Howto handle multilib conflict?

On Fri, 2009-10-09 at 16:41 -0700, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:

> > It's not to be considered a bug, AFAIK. We don't stipulate that
> > development packages be installable side-by-side in this way, we only
> > stipulate that for library packages where there's a need for it. There's
> > no particular use case where you absolutely need both -devel packages
> > installed at once.
> > 
> I believe this is incorrect.  devel packages are supposed to be multilib
> installable.  There's two things that are two files that conflict above and
> there's two different fixes for each.

I'm happy to be wrong :), but is this documented anywhere? That's why I
thought the opposite was the case, I couldn't find anything to this
effect in the packaging documentation when I was starting out.

It seems like a lot of work for very little return if it is our policy,
especially fiddling around with *-config and the like executables, which
are far from uncommon...what's the use case for multilib -devel
packages? When is it actually useful to have both arches installed at
once for a -devel package?

Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
IRC: adamw | Fedora Talk: adamwill AT fedoraproject DOT org

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