The tag is present in Lintian version 2.104.319. That is the most recent version we know about.
This development package (ie. from the
libdevel section of
the archive) installs an ELF binary within
Commonly, executables in development packages provide values that are relevant for using the library. Source packages that use such development packages tend to execute those executables to discover how to use the library.
When performing a cross build, host architecture binaries are generally not executable. However, development packages need to be installed on the host architecture so such files are useless.
An alternative approach is to use
pkg-config(1) or potentially
splitting architecture-independent development tools into a separate
package that can be marked
This tag is experimental.