Bug#697270: PC 32-bit programs fails to work on amd64
On Fri, Jan 04, 2013 at 02:01:26AM +0800, Aron Xu wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 1:44 AM, Alexey Eromenko <email@example.com> wrote:
> > But having 32-bit LSB compliance will help people a _LOT_.
> This does not mean you can't run 32bit application under a 64bit
> Debian installation, it's because the support is not added into
> default installation as the feature isn't considered "stable" in the
> Debian way.
In squeeze one could just run:
apt-get install ia32-libs-gtk
and most third-party i386 binaries would work. But in wheezy one must
dpkg --add-architecture i386
The installer doesn't AFAIK provide even the option to do this. (The
i386/amd64 installer images might at least be usable as multiarch APT
sources though.) So this is a usability regression in wheezy.
Further, since the ia32-libs-* metapackages are transitional, this is
due to become even more difficult in jessie. I think it's a mistake
to remove well-known and useful metapackages, and they should be
retained. However they should probably be moved into tasksel once the
installer is multiarch-aware.
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