Bug#379090: Still no news on 64bit i386 kernels
Steve Langasek <vorlon <at> debian.org>
2006-11-01 00:10:31 GMT
On Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 02:01:22PM +0100, Frederik Schueler wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 01:30:59AM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > Can someone from the kernel team comment on whether there are problems with
> > this particular patch that have not yet been noted in the bug report? If
> > there aren't any known objections, I could review the patch myself and look
> > at committing it.
> Adding amd64 as subarch to i386 would mean 3 additional flavors to
> build, raising the overall build-time of that package by 1.5-2h.
Which doesn't sound like a blocker to me, FWIW. Also, what about just
providing the "amd64" flavor for i386 without the xen/vserver flavors? In
particular, I don't see any need for the xen flavor, wouldn't xen work just
fine with amd64 as the dom0 install and i386 in domX without any kernel
images installed in the domX?
> Additionally, I don't know in what state the current cross-build env for
> i386 is, and building 64bit kernels on i386 might produce
> abi-incompatible kernels causing even more problems.
As noted, it's not cross-building, this is treated as a native 64-bit build
by the compiler and the code path has been well-exercised by other packages.
> IMHO the best solution would be to repackage the amd64 debs into i386
> ones. This can be trivially done and should not cause any regressions.
> The "real" solution for this still is multiarch. I haven't heard much
> of it since a couple of months, is anyone still actively working on it?