[pacman-dev] $ARCH suffix on packages

VMiklos vmiklos at frugalware.org
Tue Oct 10 18:32:01 EDT 2006

On Tue, Oct 10, 2006 at 09:48:21AM -0500, Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
> What is gained by having this suffix?

all my reasons are already mentioned here, so i just would like to sum
up them:

1) protecting users from installing x86_64 packages on i686, or so

2) being able to use a common cache for different architectures

3) regarding the "it's not necessary, pacman can extract that info from
.PKGINFO": the situation is the same with pkgver/pkgrel, too. why do we
have them in the package name? i think because of 1) and 2)

(oh and a 4) is about prodecting developers to mess up the packages, but
the no1 is the user so this should not be a reason)

udv / greetings,

Developer of Frugalware Linux, to make things frugal - http://frugalware.org

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