[Mageia-dev] Dutch tax program dependencies

Pascal Terjan pterjan at gmail.com
Wed Mar 6 20:05:49 CET 2013

On Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM, Guillaume Rousse <guillomovitch at gmail.com>wrote:

> Le 06/03/2013 00:50, Reinout van Schouwen a écrit :
>  Hi all,
>> The Dutch tax service makes life difficult for (64-bit) Mageia users
>> because the tax filing program expects the i586 versions of libxext6 and
>> libsm6 to be around.
>> The tax service claim on their web site that Ubuntu 12.x and Linux Mint
>> 13 are supported. Could it be that they have these libraries
>> preinstalled on 64 bit platforms?
>> Would it be possible to provide some kind of stub package that downloads
>> the program with the required dependencies, like Arch does? (
>> https://aur.archlinux.org/**packages/belastingdienst-**ib2012/<https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/belastingdienst-ib2012/>)
> Most binary-only i586 programs expects additional 32 bits libraires
> dependencies: skype, for instance. On a pure 64 bits systems, these
> libraries won't be installed, and they won't even be available directly, as
> long as 32 bits additional package sources are not configured...

I think we configure the 32 bits media by default
Having a 32 bits package installing this app and having the proper
dependencies would make sense

> I'm effraid than endlessly adding 32bits dependencies on our 64 bits
> packages, such as we did with pulseaudio for skype case, or adding 'stub'
> packages here, won't scale indefinitly to match every piece of softwares we
> can't distribute ourselves. First, they are exceptions to our
> 'self-containment' package sources policy... Second, dependencies won't
> adress the package source configuration issue.
> So, what about adressing end users intelligence, and document all those
> issues on a central 'compatibility' page on our wiki, instead of relying on
> such kind of hacks ?
> --
> BOFH excuse #155:
> Dumb terminal
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