[pacman-dev] Dropping support for non-ELF systems

Dave Reisner d at falconindy.com
Sun Sep 23 12:17:34 EDT 2012

On Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 06:59:36PM +1000, Allan McRae wrote:
> I would like opinions on dropping support for non-ELF systems.  This
> would keep Linux, BSD and Hurd, which are the real users of
> pacman/makepkg.  It would drop OSX and Cygwin support.
> Currently the libdepends/libprovides code in makepkg (pacman-4.0)
> depends on libraries being ELF formatted and we have had no complaints -
> although that could be because no-one uses it...
> Creating split debug packages will also assume ELF formatted files and I
> have no intention of adjusting the code in such a way that other formats
> can be readily added.
> So... any objections to removing cygwin and darwin support?
> Allan

No objection here. We don't seem to have anyone actively involved who's
testing these platforms so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to try
and support them. I'd be surprised if recent pacman still built on


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