* Simon McVittie:

> On Fri, 19 Jul 2019 at 15:13:00 +0300, Adrian Bunk wrote:
>> Remaining usecases of i386 will be old binaries, some old Linux binaries 
>> but especially old software (including many games) running in Wine.
>> Old Linux binaries will still need the old 32bit time_t.
> Based on background from my contributions to the Steam Runtime:
> I don't have numbers, but you might be surprised how many Linux-supporting
> games are 32-bit. The Steam client itself is currently also 32-bit
> (with some 64-bit subprocesses); this is somewhat deliberate, to act as
> a canary for whether 32-bit code works at all, particularly when combined
> with graphics.
> The Steam Runtime (a LD_LIBRARY_PATH library bundle used to run Steam and
> Steam games) is built on an increasingly ancient version of Ubuntu, but
> it tries to use newer libraries of the same SONAME from the host system
> where available, which they often will be, because people who install
> Steam probably also install Wine, which has 32-bit dependencies. If those
> libraries have an incompatible ABI involving 64-bit time_t, and it is used
> at the ABI "surface" between a host-system library and a Steam Runtime
> library or the game, then 32-bit games, and the Steam client itself,
> will crash.

We could in theory bump soname for these libraries, but that has the
unfortunate side effect that it will likely leak to 64-bit
architectures, creating more work for everyone.

I don't see a good way to maintain those libraries with a single-ABI
approach.  So if that's an important use case, it would be a fairly
strong case against it, I think.

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