[arch-general] Architecture neutral packages

Mark Constable markc at renta.net
Sun Dec 2 04:40:52 EST 2007

Howdy folks, I'm not sure if this has been covered before but
has anyone any thoughts about an architecture idependent package
class for packages that are not specifically i686 or x86_64 ?

For instance, I recently built a custom package for the fluidr3
soundfont that ended up being 80Mb or so and when it came time
to build packages for both i686 and x86_64 I ended up with two
copies of the binary package in both categories. This is quite
redundant and the same principle *probably* applies to *some*
other packages as well. One other example package that comes to
mind is aurscripts from AUR which contains a bash script which
is quite independent of architecture.

My concern is that I would like to go down the path of releasing
tutorials that will include podcasts and screencasts that could
end being quite large and, as things currently stand, if I
build them for both architectures I will end up with 2 copies.

Any thoughts or workarounds on this issue ?


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