[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#694864: Bug#694864: Bug#694864: Bug#694864: ttf-liberation not available for ARCH i386 in multiarch amd64 environment

Vasudev Kamath kamathvasudev at gmail.com
Sun Dec 2 05:34:51 UTC 2012

On 15:39 Sat 01 Dec     , Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> hmm, ok, so vorlon pointed me to:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MultiarchSpec#Dependencies_involving_Architecture:_all_packages
> as an explaination of why Architecture: all packages need to be
> explicitly marked as Multi-Arch: foreign.  In particular, it's to avoid
> causing a problem where dependencies are made on Arch: all packages with
> the expectation that they'll pull in some arch-specific dependencies
> (e.g. Depends: python).  So we have to explicitly mark all Architecture:
> all packages that don't run this particular risk.

Preparing all packages with Multi-Arch: foreign will be difficult at
this point I guess, considering amount of packages maintained by
pkg-fonts. [1]

Are we planning this for Wheezy itself?

At this point may be it is better to have this for only those packages
which are dependencies for arch-specific packages what do you think?

> So, what does this mean for the pkg-fonts team?  Given that all of our
> font packages are Architecture: all, but don't have these sort of
> chained arch-specific dependencies, i think we probably need to mark all
> of our packages Multi-Arch: foreign.
> Any thoughts from other team members?  Is there a good way to make this
> change across all our packages fairly rapidly?  Is there a spot check we
> can put into place?  Should we try to get lintian to say packages named
> fonts-* that are Architecture: all should be marked Multi-Arch: foreign?

I think it will take some time for doing these changes considering the
amount of activity currently happening in the team. May be asking
lintian to warn us about this is good idea so that all new packages
follow this rule.

That's my 2 rupees (cents) on the topic :-)

[1] http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=pkg-fonts-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org

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