Followup-For: Bug #837898
I have checked all 19 reverse dependencies of libicu-dev. Only one
package (fis-gtm-6.3-000a) uses icu-config, and even then, it
is only used if detected during configure. If not present, the
configure script works around this, so it could be easily adjusted
to use pkgconfig instead.
Taking this into consideration, it is now safe (and reasonable)
to remove icu-config from the package and restore
This, in turn, allows libxml2-dev to be installed for multiple
architectures simultaneously and greatly benefits the
As things stand, not having multi-arch support in libicu-dev
is a serious blocker for many projects.
So let's move forward and resolve this bug. :-)