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Bug#697270: PC 32-bit programs fails to work on amd64

On Thu, 03 Jan 2013, Alexey Eromenko wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 8:05 PM, Didier 'OdyX' Raboud <odyx@debian.org> wrote:
> >
> > release and lsb-base being Architecture: foreign). Patches are welcome to make
> > Wheezy+1 more suitable to your needs.
> How about changing it from a kernel bug to tasksel feature ?
> I recommend: "tasksel" to install 32-bit libraries by default, if user
> chooses stock "Desktop" (KDE/GNOME/XFCE/...). This should solve the
> problem for most users.

This is actually a very good idea.  Automatically generate the library
subset of a task, teach tasksel to add the required arch tags, and make it
as easy as a checkbox or a command line option to add most of the libraries
you might ever need for a secondary arch.  This could go a long way to make
it less painful (if a _lot_ more wasteful of inodes and disk space) to deal
with 32-bit non-debian applications.

That said, for now, it is best to learn how to use the "ldd" utility to root
out missing libraries for any binary.  It *really* helps.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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