How long will 64bit Ubuntu users have to wait?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Tue Oct 3 16:23:59 BST 2006

On Mon, Oct 02, 2006 at 07:47:42PM -0500, Kilz _ wrote:
> >Saturday, September 30, 2006 2:30 PM 	Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> >That said, when you override checks built into the packaging system to
> >forcibly install packages not intended for your system, it would not be at
> >all unreasonable for that to stop working with a future version, as you are
> >knowingly disregarding it.
> I do believe I replied back asking questions as to why but was not answered. 
> Perhaps the email got lost. Can you explain why you would like to limit 
> 64bit Ubuntu users ability to modify the operating system installation to 
> their needs. This is especially important now that it has been clarified 
> that multiarch will not be implemented.
> After these issues are cleared up I will take up no more of this lists time 
> as you prepare for Edgy.

My statement above should be taken at face value, not with the intent you
ascribe to it above.

When you deliberately bypass these basic checks, the fact that it works at
all is mere chance, and could stop working at any time as the result of
normal changes in the distribution.  For that reason, and because of direct
problems caused by this approach, I do not recommend that users follow your
instructions for force-installing i386 firefox packages on amd64.  It is an
inappropriate and unsupportable approach.

 - mdz

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