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

On Fri, Jan 04, 2013 at 12:43:56AM +0000, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> The problem to be solved is that ISVs provide binaries for Linux i386
> and our users want to run them on amd64.  LSB, x32 and ARM are
> completely irrelevant - the important thing is to make it easy to
> install whatever libraries those ISVs depend on.
So there are 2 subtasks here:
- for i386.deb packages (that have all their deps multiarchified) the user
  needs only to enable M-A on their system (but that's still non-trivial);
- for other binaries the user will need to find out and install deps
  manually, while on an i386 system they are usually already installed and
  on amd64 queeze they were installed because of ia32-libs (throwing all
  deps into one pile helps for certain problem classes).


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