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Thorsten Leemhuis fedora at
Sat Oct 25 15:55:34 CEST 2008

On 25.10.2008 15:21, Chris Nolan wrote:
> Looking at packaging the RPM: the main thing that sticks out is that 
> there are two different source tarballs for 32 and 64 bit systems.

Joy and fun with proprietary vendor drivers :-/

> The 
> only difference between the two tarballs is the hybrid binary driver 
> itself - the rest of the source is the same. What would be the 
> recommended way to proceed with this type of scenario?

Good question. I'm unsure myself.

> I was wondering whether to include both binary files (they would need 
> renaming to distinguish which is which) within a new single tarball and 
> then use a patch for the Makefile to ensure it uses the correct binary 
> driver.

Things like that makes it really hard for others to modify or update the 
package later -- every time I run into hacks like this while updating a 
package I'd like to cry. Hence I'd say: lat way lie dragons, don't go 
into that direction.

> This seems a bit "hacky" so I wondered if anyone could think of 
> a more elegant solution?

I'd download both tarballs and give them a x86-32 and x86-64 suffix. 
Then I'd include them as Source0 and Source1; in the spec use some 
ifarch trickery around the setup macro to extract the right one. Also 
not really nice (and it makes the SRPM a bit bigger), but it's a lot 
more clean afaics.

But there are likely a few other more clean ways to solve the problem; 
maybe someone else on this list comes up with a better idea?


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