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Re: Upcoming Debian multiarch support (amd64, sparc64, s390x, mips64) [affects sarge slightly]

On Monday 12 Jan 2004 6:19 am, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:

> The i386 support is needed for 3rd party products. The amd64 support
> is needed for the larger address space, e.g. for a big mysql/postgres
> DB. People who need both need a mixed system. The question is not if
> Debian provides a mixed system but how nicely it is done. I feel your
> still arguing about wether there even should be a mixed system.

I freely admit to knowing less than nothing about this subject. However...

Would it be possible to just install Debian on two seperate partitions and 
build some kind of infrastructure for easily chrooting from one to the other 
when necessary? It would then be possible to boot into either system at the 
boot prompt to use as the "host" and run legacy apps (or experimental new 
ones) using "some mechanism" that is yet to be fully explained. :)
Obviously you would want to automate the install somehow too...

Do the binaries really have to be on the same file system? It seems to me a 
recipe for confusion at least.

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