The end of the multiarch era?
Posted Jul 13, 2006 21:43 UTC (Thu) by garloff
Parent article: The end of the multiarch era?
I agree with the editor that having OO.o finally work on x86-64 is
really good news.
But it's strange to read that multiarch support is a pain for him.
Does yum play strange tricks on him? Did the distributor do a poor
job with handling the biarch stuff cleanly? Did he just confuse everyone
with RPM colors?
I really never had such trouble. If I compile code myself (which I
do quite often), it's all 64bit clean. So I only need the 64bit -devel
packages. And my distributor fixed broken configure scripts 4 years
Biarch is working and works well. It allows you to run apps that for
whatever reason are not provided as 64bit binaries, and they just work.
User friendliness means that old thing continue to work. Whether it's
because it's not realistic to expect someone to recompile all the code,
or whether it is because you have pieces that are very difficult to
get fixed or whether you have some app where you don't have the sources
for does not matter. It's good not to break old stuff and still allow
to move on.
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