This is where package dependencies come in. If the package depends on a hardware support
for VFP, then the system needs to have a corresponding provide or it won't install.
(Of course people can use --nodeps.. but similarly they can use --ignorearch.)
In RPM 4.4.x ARCH implies certain hardware dependencies, but no explicit dependency
exists. This was the reason for my suggestion.
From: Rabeeh Khoury [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tue 1/15/2008 9:19 AM
To: Hatle, Mark; Lennert Buytenhek
Cc: rpm-maint(a)lists.rpm.org; fedora-arm(a)redhat.com
Subject: RE: [PATCH,RFC] arm: add support for VFP architectures
> The problem with that would be that RPM package file names for VFP
> and non-VFP packages would be identical.
Sure, but remember rpm package file names don't actually mean anything
other then the name of the file. :)
Just a suggestion.
IMHO the same as you forbid installing PPC package on i386; you should
forbid installing an ARM VFP package on an ARM system without VFP.
If you don't mark that package architecturally to be different than the
soft-float version then mistakes are unavoidable.