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Re: Debian 64-bit binaries

Ben Collins <bcollins@debian.org> writes:

> On Sat, Mar 06, 2004 at 09:03:45PM +0100, Igmar Palsenberg wrote:
>> I've got Debian running on a 64 bit Sparc box. The userland is
>> however still 32 bits, and that restriction has been lifted in
>> 2.4.25. Is there any plan to recompile userland to 64 bits ?
>> I'm willing to spends a few weekends recompining, but i'm not so
>> familiar with the dpkg system. Anyone ?
> No, 64-bit is slower and larger than 32-bit userland. The only thing
> you need 64-bit binaries for are things like large databases where
> you need to address more than 4gigs of memory.
> You can however install libc6-dev-sparc64 and build 64-bit programs
> all you want.

How well does this work for stuff that needs more than just a 64-bit
libc?  E.g. can you simply build 64-bit versions of libcups.so.2,
libX11.so.6, ...?


Juergen Kreileder, Blackdown Java-Linux Team

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