Bug#774182: Please make mate-terminal "Multi-Arch: foreign"

Raphaël Halimi raphael.halimi at gmail.com
Mon Jan 5 17:59:35 UTC 2015

Le 05/01/2015 15:59, Mike Gabriel a écrit :
> HI Raphaël,
> On  Di 30 Dez 2014 00:21:34 CET, Raphaël Halimi wrote:
>> Package: mate-terminal
>> Version: 1.8.1+dfsg1-3
>> Severity: minor
>> Hi,
>> Please consider adding "Multi-Arch: foreign" to debian/control, as its
>> absence prevents apt to consider mate-terminal a valid dependency for a
>> package built for some other architecture.
>> For example, mate-terminal provides x-terminal-emulator, but on an amd64
>> machine, steam, which is an i386-only package depending on "xterm |
>> x-terminal-emulator", pulls xterm along with its dependencies, even if
>> mate-terminal is already installed.
>> Regards,
> aren't packages not marked as "Multi-Arch: <something>" automatically  
> considered as "Multi-Arch: foreign"??? I normally don't put a  
> Multi-Arch line into debian/control if a package is to be considered  
> as foregin. (This may actually be based on half-knowledge, so you may  
> actually be right and we should change debian/control accordingly).
> Otherwise: Maybe this rather is an APT issue?
> If possible, please point me to the correct section in Debian policy  
> and I will add that in debian/control of mate-terminal.
> Mike

I didn't find anything in the policy about Multi-Arch but [1] says (if I
understand correctly) that without the field present, it's considered as
"Multi-Arch: no" (exactly, it says "Multi-Arch: no" is "the
pre-multiarch behavior").

I reported the bug after initially asking in debian-user [2] (there is
some... noise at the beginning of the thread, look for Sven Joachim's
answer for the useful part).

[1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MultiarchSpec#Binary_package_control_fields
[2] http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.linux.debian.user/490152


Raphaël Halimi

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