ia32-libs [was: Bringing Wine into Main]

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Wed Dec 17 10:08:27 GMT 2008

Hi Scott,

Scott Ritchie [2008-12-15  2:22 -0800]:
> After some discussion with a few core devs at UDS, I feel it is time to
> formally propose that Wine be moved into main.

Already discussed at UDS, but for the records: Support for (more or
less) OOTB running windows applications has been one of my pet peeves,
since many people asked me for how to convert their business over to
free software, but were stuck on one particular Windows app. This
indeed seems to be a blocker for acceptance.

Besides the ia32-libs problem (which I'll comment on below), this by
and large requires a firm commitment to maintaining wine. Would be
great if you would be willing to do that full-time.

> Moving Wine into Main (or whatever becomes of main with the archive
> reorganization) will require a fair amount of work.  Most of Wine's
> dependencies are already in main, but on amd64 Wine still requires
> ia32-libs for about 15 packages that don't have separate lib32 versions.

There is at least the theoretical possibility to only offer wine for
i386 again, and provide a wrapper package on amd64 to set up an
appropriate i386 dchroot and install wine in it.

> I'd like to work on Wine in Ubuntu full time, however as a first step to
> keep me busy I could easily spend a few months modifying these packages
> to work properly in 32 bit mode on amd64.  This is work that will have
> to be done eventually anyway, as 32 bit Windows applications are going
> to be around for a long time.

I disagree here. Changing source packages to build lib32foo packages
on amd64 is a much better hack than the current ia32-libs package
(which is EBW, not maintained well, not updated for security fixes,
horribly brittle, and will make it to main only over my dead cold
body). But lib32foo is a hack as well, and it utterly complicates
packaging. I think the time for converting several dozen source
packages could actually be spent much better with working on proper
multiarch support (although this takes much more time).

Having worked a bit on ia32-libs over the past years, I more and more
came to the conclusion that the concept is flawed, and that nowadays
people would be much better off with an i386 dchroot (with some tricks
like bind-mounting /home) which can be kept up to date with security
updates, and doesn't require constant intensive maintenance and source
package changes.



Martin Pitt                        | http://www.piware.de
Ubuntu Developer (www.ubuntu.com)  | Debian Developer  (www.debian.org)
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 197 bytes
Desc: Digital signature
Url : https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/attachments/20081217/c0fa2eb5/attachment.pgp 

More information about the ubuntu-devel mailing list