[Fedora-packaging] Explicit "Requires" should (usually) be arch-specific

Braden McDaniel braden at endoframe.com
Wed Sep 16 03:36:16 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-09-15 at 22:32 -0400, Tom Lane wrote: 
> Braden McDaniel <braden at endoframe.com> writes:
> > On Tue, 2009-09-15 at 21:39 -0400, Tom Lane wrote: 
> >> Braden McDaniel <braden at endoframe.com> writes:
> >>> If it's a bug, then how do you propose a specfile should articulate a
> >>> "Requires" that *can* be satisfied by any architecture?
> >> 
> >> Why would it need to?
> > Because there's no reason to specify the architecture if it truly
> > doesn't matter.
> Indeed.
> > For instance, if my package runs an executable, I
> > probably don't care whether the executable was built for i686 or x86_64.
> > On the other hand, if my package dlopen's a library, I probably do care.
> Well, for separate executables you shouldn't have to care.  For ordinary
> library bindings, the appropriate require is generated by RPM and the
> packager need not worry about it.  I concede that dlopen'd libraries
> might need arch-specific Requires, but that's hardly such a common case
> as to motivate a recommendation that Requires should "usually" be
> arch-specific.

It's a sufficiently common case that the packaging guidelines use it as
an example for explicit Requires.

Is there a more common case for explicit Requires (used by non-noarch
packages) that I'm overlooking?

Braden McDaniel <braden at endoframe.com>

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