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RE: amd64 and dpkg and so

I see.... that sounds doable but I don't think that's the most
productive solution... but it's definitely something to consider.
Although it would be easier to just have an AMD64 Debian that already
contains all the necessary 32-bit libraries, that would save us the
first installation of 32-bit Debian.
I think I'm missing out on something here, I can't really see what the
problem is to be honest ;)

We both agree that whatever the 64-bit Debian does, it has to be able to
run 32-bit software. We both agree, that there's no use in a 64-bit only
distribution (I guess).


On Sat, 2003-08-30 at 00:54, marc.miller@amd.com wrote:
> In *theory*:
> 1.  Install 32-bit Debian
> 2.  Install 64-bit Debian (overwriting parts of 32-bit Debian, but that's okay if you want the system to prefer 64-bit binaries)
> Then to install an additional package, you would run, (bad example), /usr/sbin32/dselect to install x86 packages, and /usr/sbin64/dselect to install AMD64 packages.  64-bit dselect would be oblivious of the 32-bit packages available.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Martin Jungowski [mailto:jungowsk@in.tum.de]
> Sent: Friday, August 29, 2003 3:47 PM
> To: debian-x86-64@lists.debian.org
> Subject: RE: amd64 and dpkg and so
> On Sat, 2003-08-30 at 00:20, marc.miller@amd.com wrote:
> > "One more important problem is that that attempt would
> > prevent us from getting a clean upgrade path to the
> > correct solution."
> > 
> > Well... maybe.  Is there any way that both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Debian could be installed on the same system, each unaware of the other and believing that they're in their own little world?  There must be some way around 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the same package creating conflicts.
> > 
> That'd be a solution, but that way you would be able to run 64-bit
> applications in 64-bit mode and 32-bit applications in 32-bit mode -
> which'd require to boot 32-bit Debian.
> Or did I not get you right, if you'd have to install Debian twice than
> wouldn't it be easier to just have to install the libs for 32-bit and
> 64-bit mode separately?
> Martin

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