Improving the way we select multilib packages for trees

Jeremy Katz katzj at
Mon May 1 15:13:13 UTC 2006

On Sat, 2006-04-29 at 15:47 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Joe Orton <jorton at> writes:
> > Nobody has come up with a feasible plan for dealing with 
> > %{_bindir}/foo-config scripts AFAIK.
> Indeed.  I don't have a reasonable solution for
> for instance.  (The one proposed by Bastien in the bug is not
> reasonable.)

And once we start shipping multilib -devel (which is part of the point
here), the suggestion is moot.

> I've always thought that the decision to have only one bin-dir for both
> arches was a serious mistake.  Maybe we could revisit that before we
> start trying to stretch the entire world upon that Procrustean bed.

More than one bin dir changes one set of problems out for a completely
different (and imho, far worse) set of problems.  The number of scripts
with hard-coded paths of /usr/bin, etc are huge.  And once you start
having more than one bindir, you have to deal with questions of which
should and is first in the path, etc.


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