[pkg-wine-party] dpkg: needs error message / help for 'Multi-Arch: allowed' packages on un-multiarched systems

Michael Gilbert mgilbert at debian.org
Sat Jun 9 16:39:15 UTC 2012

package: dpkg
severity: important
user: multiarch-devel at lists.alioth.debian.org
usertags: multiarch


wine is now making use of the 'Multi-Arch: allowed' feature to provide
i386 dependencies for an amd64 virtual package.  Unfortunately, this
setup is leading to a lot of bug reports from users that don't realize
that they need to manually enable multiarch support first:

I wonder if most of this confusion could be avoided if dpkg were a bit
more informative in cases where the user was trying to install
'Multi-Arch: allowed' packages, but hadn't yet enabled multiarch?

A useful error message / help would include some of the info on the
apt and dpkg configuration steps in the multiarch user howto:

Best wishes,

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