Bug#438577: [lists] Bug#438577 closed by "Frank S. Thomas" <frank at thomas-alfeld.de> (Re: Bug#438577: boinc-client: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu not found error message returns)

Frank S. Thomas frank at thomas-alfeld.de
Thu Aug 30 16:22:20 UTC 2007

Hello Graham,

On Sunday 19 August 2007, Graham Cobb wrote:
> Thanks for the info.  Unfortunately, the whole purpose of the previous
> workround was to deal with unresponsive server administrators: if they were
> not unresponsive they could easily have packaged up their i686 images into
> a package for x86_64 platforms without even recompiling!  The problem was
> server administrators who thought the x86_64 base was too small to be worth
> worrying about.

The best advise I can give you is to get in contact with those administrators 
and try to convince them that the x86_64 base is not small. Since they are 
interested in the computing power of their users' machines they should care.

> I believe it IS a significant Debian regression to remove the
> Debian-specific instructions in the README on how to workround unhelpful
> server
> administrators and the scripts to make it easy to do.  I also think it is a
> bug to remove the previous workrounds during the installation without an
> easy way to restore them if the new mechanism does not work.

Maintaining this patch wasn't easy at all and since upstream came up with the 
new mechnism I decided to drop this patch so that I can concentrate on other 

> Graham
> P.S. Any idea how/where I can find the previous package so that I can
> revert to the previous behaviour?

Yes, have a look at http://snapshot.debian.net/

"Die beiden Männer sonnten sich in dem herrlichen Gefühl, weitaus
weniger zu wissen als gewöhnliche Leute, die nur von gewöhnlichen
Dingen nichts wußten."
                   -- Terry Pratchett in "Das Erbe des Zauberers"
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