[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#614321: shadow: please mark passwd 'Multi-Arch: foreign'

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at canonical.com
Mon Feb 21 00:15:21 UTC 2011

Package: shadow
Version: 1:
Severity: normal
Tags: patch
User: ubuntu-devel at lists.ubuntu.com
Usertags: origin-ubuntu natty ubuntu-patch

Hi guys,

I've just applied a patch to shadow in Ubuntu to mark the passwd package
'Multi-Arch: foreign'; this indicates, per
<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MultiarchSpec>, that passwd will satisfy the
dependencies of packages of other architectures when it's installed.

Since passwd is rather low in the stack, and it's perfectly safe to tag
packages as Multi-Arch: foreign in advance of a package manager that's
capable of understanding this (which should be along soon in any case), I
request that this be set on the package in Debian as well.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek at ubuntu.com                                     vorlon at debian.org
-------------- next part --------------
=== modified file 'debian/control'
--- debian/control	2010-08-29 21:14:12 +0000
+++ debian/control	2011-02-20 23:57:22 +0000
@@ -13,6 +13,7 @@
 Architecture: any
 Depends: ${shlibs:Depends}, ${misc:Depends}, libpam-modules, debianutils (>= 2.15.2)
 Replaces: manpages-tr (<<1.0.5), manpages-zh (<<1.5.1-1)
+Multi-Arch: foreign
 Description: change and administer password and group data
  This package includes passwd, chsh, chfn, and many other programs to
  maintain password and group data.

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