Re: Going to 64bit
I asked a similar question a few months ago, and based on the responses that I got came to the conclusion that a "nuke and pave" would be the only way to be sure. I haven't done it yet, but I will likely install to a different drive and preserve my old install.
Someone recommended a web page for a marginally dodgy method for trying to pull this off, but I decided to just start over.
Now just to find the time to do it. :)
On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 10:42 AM, Sven Joachim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On 2011-12-14 15:04 +0100, David Baron wrote:You have to install from scratch. If you want to minimize downtime,
> I have a 64-bit Intel CPU but have been gleefully running my 32-bit Sid on it.
> Can one install the 64-bit kernel and upgrade other packages piecemeal or must
> one do it all in one go?
create your new installation with debootstrap. Crossgrading is not
supported, for instance installing the amd64 libc6 over the i386 one
will remove /lib/ld-linux.so.2.
32-bit programs continue to work if you install the ia32-libs package or
> In other words: Will all/most/some/none 32-bit
> programs work with it?
use an i386 chroot for them.
It will spare you the ugly ia32-libs package, but crossgrading is still
> (Has the new multiarch organization made this easier?)
not possible. Yours truly attempted it, and dpkg refused to replace the
i386 libc-bin with the amd64 version¹.
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