Deprecating the dpkg-cross binary
After a discussion in the cross-toolchain BoF at DebConf16, the gross hack which is packaged as the dpkg-cross binary package and supporting perl module have finally been deprecated, long after multiarch was actually delivered. Various reasons have complicated the final steps for dpkg-cross and there remains one use for some of the files within the package although not the dpkg-cross binary itself.
2.6.14 has now been uploaded to unstable and introduces a new binary package cross-config, so will spend a time in NEW. The changes are summarised in the NEWS entry for 2.6.14.
The cross architecture configuration files have moved to the new cross-config package and the older dpkg-cross binary with supporting perl module are now deprecated. Future uploads will only include the cross-config package.
Use cross-config to retain support for autotools and CMake cross-building configuration.
If you use the deprecated dpkg-cross binary, now is the time to migrate away from these path changes. The dpkg-cross binary and the supporting perl module should NOT be expected to be part of Debian by the time of the Stretch release.
2.6.14 also marks the end of my involvement with dpkg-cross. The Uploaders list has been shortened but I'm still listed to be able to get 2.6.14 into NEW. A future release will drop the perl module and the dpkg-cross binary, retaining just the new cross-config package.