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Re: migrating to 64 bit...

On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 09:03:56AM -0700, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 12:32:35PM -0300, Eduardo M KALINOWSKI wrote:
> > Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> >> Alsom, FTR, I've learned that the biggest hurdle is the fact that you
> >> can't complete the debootstrap process without already running a 64bit
> >> kernel. You need to be able to chroot into the new install and run
> >> *its* binaries to complete the process. That means you need a 64bit
> >> kernel running already. Anyway... it will still be plenty of fun.
> >>   
> >
> > This part is easy enough. There are amd64 versions of the kernel in the  
> > i386 archive for those with a 64-bit processor who want to have a 64-bit  
> > kernel but 32-bit userland.
> yup. That's what I'm doing on my laptop. The desktop is a different
> story as I don't have the proc here yet... So I can start, but not
> finish the process. But it's one of those simple little things that
> people miss all the time so I thought I'd mention it...

Just to follow up... yes you can migrate from i386 to amd64, but what
a royal pain... 

lots of manual dpkg work... jumping back and forth between new and
old install and chrooting into the new install to get things set
up. But it's up and I'm posting from it right now. So save your energy
and just install it for real... It'll probably take me several *more*
hours to finish patching it all up not to mention decruftifying it...


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