Re: x86_64 vs i386
On Sunday 20 March 2016 15:35:54 David Christensen wrote:
> On 03/20/2016 10:45 AM, 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.
> > All my reload the repo databse errors point to it looking for
> > non-existant i386 version of this or that, when obviously (to me at
> > least) I see no valid reason for refusing to install x86_64 stuff.
> > Or should I bite the bullet, go buy 2 new drives and do a fresh
> > x86_64 install?
> I would do a backup-wipe-install-restore cycle. (Yes, I'm
> I typically grab CD 1 with my desktop of choice, installing or leaving
> out the desktop as desired when installing on a given computer:
> For those who prefer KDE or LXDE:
> I believe the standard CD 1 defaults to Gnome 3:
> Of course, if you have a local cache for packages, the net installer
> saves bandwidth and might age better:
> I'm curious about "2 new drives". What's the intended purpose of the
> machine? What drive(s) are already installed? Any spares on the
Some, but with 60k plus spinning hours on them.
> And, what about the USB 3.0 flash-as-system-drive trick?
In reverse order, this old Asus mobo doesn't boot from usb. Old also
means its sata is 3Gb at best, and the USB is 2.1 max. 100 meg Cat5 to
the printer is faster.
I haven't found a new mobo that doesn't send everything in this machine
to the recycle bin. So I'd be out another $400 in installed cards as
this board is all pci. 4 slots, 7 sata, 7 usb's, and my usb tree looks
like a weeping willow, most of which would be obsolete too. 1 4 port
external hub, 1 7 port external hub, a 10 meter hub to some stuff in the
basement with a 7 port on the end of it. And a pci video card, a pci
firewire, and an hdPC3000 digital tv card. That stuff is all toast when
the bus turns into pci-e.
Drive #2 will be a new drive for amanda to use, after I run a mktapes
script on it to make about 60 ea 20+Gig virtual tapes. Drive 1 will be
the new install, which will get most of my home dir copied to it, then
the former drive 1 will be remounted as /dev/sdc so once the copies have
been made, and reformatted so half the drive is /home and half is /opt.
Let drive 1 BE the system drive, but I want my stuff better isolated. I
did have 4 drives in here at one time, but the drives got bigger faster
than my own storage needs, which are now occasionally feeling the pinch.
Running the trinity gui, and quite a boat load of other stuff including
my web page out of /opt, that would be one less recovery worry when a
Cheers, Gene Heskett
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