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Old 08-02-2012, 11:55 PM
Filipus Klutiero
 
Default Bug#683026: --add-architecture

It looks like --add-architecture is not a great solution. After doing
that, packages in Synaptic would show with ":amd64" (for example,
mesa-utils). I had to remove the architecture, but that wasn't possible
until I uninstalled the amd64 package.



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Old 08-03-2012, 06:00 PM
Jonathan Nieder
 
Default Bug#683026: --add-architecture

Hi,

Filipus Klutiero wrote:

> It looks like --add-architecture is not a great solution. After
> doing that, packages in Synaptic would show with ":amd64" (for
> example, mesa-utils). I had to remove the architecture, but that
> wasn't possible until I uninstalled the amd64 package.

Can you spell this out for me? What exact symptom did Synaptic
show, how did it interfere with work, and is this an important
bug that should be fixed in Synaptic?

Thanks,
Jonathan


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Old 08-03-2012, 11:59 PM
Filipus Klutiero
 
Default Bug#683026: --add-architecture

Hi Jonathan,

On 2012-08-03 14:00, Jonathan Nieder wrote:

Hi,

Filipus Klutiero wrote:


It looks like --add-architecture is not a great solution. After
doing that, packages in Synaptic would show with ":amd64" (for
example, mesa-utils). I had to remove the architecture, but that
wasn't possible until I uninstalled the amd64 package.

Can you spell this out for me? What exact symptom did Synaptic
show, how did it interfere with work, and is this an important
bug that should be fixed in Synaptic?




I didn't know if this is a Synaptic bug, but if add-architecture simply
controls the lists of architectures APT fetches indices for, it seems to
be. After checking the ITS, this seems related to #666740 and #663365.
I'll describe what happens here.


When I open Synaptic after adding the amd64 architecture, nothing has
changed. After refreshing APT indices, amd64 packages are added. For
example, both "mesa-utils" (i386) and "mesa-utils:amd64" show. This is
an awful lot of noise, but probably not a bug strictly speaking.
However, after restarting Synaptic, only the amd64 packages show. This
is the situation I was describing - only "mesa-utils:amd64" shows.
Trying to install that indeed tries to install the amd64 mesa-utils. The
i386-specific packages are lost (some architecture-independent packages
still display normally).


So to follow up to Ralf's message, Synaptic 0.75.12 does show foreign
packages, but, apparently, only these. multiarch was enabled in synaptic
0.75.10:

rebuild with multiarch support



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