Sincehas been the recommended method of detecting libraries for some time, it's time to consider properly deprecating .
In order to make this transition as easy as possible, I've written a patch that makes the installation ofoptional. In other words, users must pass to if they want to be installed.
For background information:
Debian and Ubuntu have been working to make all of their packages multi-arch compatible for several years now. Multi-arch support allows packages from foreign architectures to be installed on the native architecture host and to be used for cross-compiling or running non-native programs. So users can co-install i386 packages and programs on their native amd64 system, for example.
As part of the multi-arch process, maintainers must ensure that header files and executables (binaries, scripts, etc.) do not conflict.
Unfortunately,conflicts across architectures, due to variables such as the hard-coded path and .
The script's presence also makes cross-compiling difficult, sinceoutputs values for the native architecture, not the foreign architecture (depending on the order of installation, which is almost always native first).
For these reasons, Debian has decided to remove legacy -config scripts in favour of.
Given ICU's preference for, I kindly ask you to apply the attached patch to make the installation of optional.