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Re: x86_64 vs i386

On 03/20/2016 06:45 PM, Gene Heskett wrote:
> One of the problems I have is architecture related, synaptic thinks for 
> some unfathomable to me reason, that this is an i386 machine.  But its 
> not, currently running kernel 3.16.0-0.bpo.4-amd64, and no currently 
> installed 32 bit application has a problem.
> But now all the browser coders have thrown i386 machines under the bus, 
> and I'm apparently stuck with the broken i386 stuff left behind.
> How can I convince the package managers to search for x86_64 stuff in the 
> repos and install it.

Since you are using a backports 3.16 kernel, I assume you are using
Wheezy, which already understands Multi-Arch. In that case, just do

dpkg --add-architecture amd64

That will add 'amd64' as a secondary architecture to your system and
you can install packages from there (at least those that are
co-installable with your current set of packages).

Note that you need to do an "apt-get update" after this change.


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