[arch-dev-public] [signoff] pacman 3.4.0-2

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Tue Jun 22 09:31:54 EDT 2010

On 22/06/10 23:15, Thomas Bächler wrote:
> Am 22.06.2010 15:03, schrieb Dan McGee:
>>> Wouldn't it be more intuitive to have 'Architecture = auto' as the
>>> default and use 'Architecture = none' to disable the feature?
>> The manpage explains our reasoning why pretty clearly.
>>         Architecture = auto | i686 | x86_64 | ...
>>             If set, pacman will only allow installation of packages of
>> the given architecture (e.g.  i686, x86_64, etc). The special value
>> auto will use the system
>>             architecture, provided by in “uname -m”. If unset, no
>> architecture checks are made.  NOTE: packages with the special
>> architecture any can always be
>>             installed, as they are meant to be architecture independent.
> This doesn't explain anything, this just re-states what I wrote above. I
> am trying to understand why the option isn't:
>   Architecture = none | auto | i686 | x86_64 | ...
> where 'auto' is the default instead of 'none'.

"Architecture = auto" causes issues on any system where the kernel is 
not built for the same architecture as the packages (waves hand as 
someone who cannot use it...).  "Architecture = none" causes no 
restrictions on the system setup so is the default.


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