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terry-duell 01-20-2013 06:36 PM

Fedora 18 x86_64, updates offering 32 packages
 
Hello All,
I am partway through setting up a fresh install of Fedora 18 x86_64, and find that the software manager (not sure if that's what it's called these days as it doesn't identify itself) is offering me both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of any packages I want to install. This is behaviour I have not seen with any previous 64 bit Fedora releases.
I suspect that something is out of kilter, but I don't really know where to look.
Any advice on how to fix this, and how find and remove any 32 bit packages that may have been installed during the initial update?

Cheers,
Terry

terry-duell 01-20-2013 07:19 PM

My apologies for the typo in the subject line, "32" should be "32 bit", but can't see how to edit it.

Cheers,
Terry

John VV 01-20-2013 10:08 PM

64 bit OS's offer the compatibility 32 bit *.so's and headers so you can run 32 bit programs on a 64 bit os

basically you install a 32 bit os AND a 64 bit os when you install a 64 bit OS

now you can not install some of the 32 bit versions ,but after say about 4 months of use and installing NEEDED 32 bit versions in order to run some programs .
You will be right back here ,where you are now

so, do not worry about it.

for now it is safe to "uncheck" the i686 versions
then only install what you NEED as you go

terry-duell 01-21-2013 12:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John VV (Post 4874395)
64 bit OS's offer the compatibility 32 bit *.so's and headers so you can run 32 bit programs on a 64 bit os

basically you install a 32 bit os AND a 64 bit os when you install a 64 bit OS

now you can not install some of the 32 bit versions ,but after say about 4 months of use and installing NEEDED 32 bit versions in order to run some programs .
You will be right back here ,where you are now

In all my years of running 64 bit Fedora, I don't recall ever needing a 32 bit version of anything, nor ever being offered the 32 bit version with every app I ask the software manager to find.

Quote:

so, do not worry about it.
for now it is safe to "uncheck" the i686 versions
Yes, that's what I have to do, but the really annoying thing about is that the software manager always highlights the 32 bit version, not the 64 bit...so if one isn't paying attention it's the 32 bit that gets installed!
That's why I would like to get back to what I think should be 'normal' behaviour, i.e. only offer me the 64 bit version.

Cheers,
Terry

Air-Global 01-21-2013 06:12 AM

Hi,

The following should at least remove the 32bit versions from your package manager. (ill assume you are using Gnome 3.x.x, if using some other shell the options are still there, only in a different location)

Open your Software manager. Right click on the Software "icon" next to the Activities button in the top right. Enable the option: "Only Native Packages"

This should make sure that the Software manager does not show 32bit packages by standard. Only of programs you already have installed in 32bits or which do not exist in 64bits.

terry-duell 01-21-2013 04:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Air-Global (Post 4874589)
Hi,
[snip]
Open your Software manager. Right click on the Software "icon" next to the Activities button in the top right. Enable the option: "Only Native Packages"

Thanks for that advice. I had missed that option.

Cheers,
Terry


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