[Numpy-discussion] Debian/Ubuntu patch help (was: ANN: NumPy 1.6.2 release candidate 1)

Julian Taylor jtaylor.debian at googlemail.com
Tue May 15 16:35:18 EDT 2012

> Hi, if there's anyone wants to have a look at the above issue this
> week,
>that would be great.

> If there's a patch by this weekend I can create a second RC, so we can
> still have the final release before the end of this month (needed for
> Debian freeze). Otherwise a second RC won't be needed.

bugfixes are still allowed during the debian freeze, so that should not
be an issue for the release timing.

I don't see the issue with the gcc --print-multiarch patch besides maybe
some cleanup.
--print-multiarch is a debian specific gcc patch, but multiarch is
debian specific for now.

It doesn't work in 11.04, but who cares, that will be end of life in 5
month anyway. Besides x11 almost nothing is multiarched in 11.04 anyway
and that can still be covered by the currently existing method.

gcc should be available for pretty much anything requiring
numpy.distutils anyway so that should be not be an issue.
On systems without --print-multiarch or gcc you just ignore the failing,
there will be no repercussions as there will also not be any multiarched

the only potential issue I see is that upstream gcc adds a
--print-multiarch that does something completely different and harmful
for distutils, but I don't consider that very likely.

Hardcoding a bunch of paths defeats the whole purpose of multiarch.
It will just to break in future (e.g. when the x32 abi comes to
debian/ubuntu) and will make cross compiling harder (though I guess
numpy distutils may not be built for that anyway)

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