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Old 04-13-2007, 10:34 AM   #1
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I386 packages messing up x86_64 install?


OK well this one is strange and frustrating. I got this killer new computer i built AMD64 x2 5200+, EPoX 570 SLI mobo, 2 Gig Ram, Nvidia 8800GTS. So first of FC5 64 wouldn't install at all. So then tried FC5 32 mainly because i think FC5 is a more enjoyable experience. I digress. It didn't like my machine either. Now I installed FC6 but had to do the noapic switch for it to work. However i cannot get to a gui or do a rhgb boot. Easy.... Right.... Linux rescue edit inittab and menu.lst. Cool! Now i am at a prompt.

So now I yum update kernel. Yum tells me I need some dependencies. I need mkinitrd-x86_64 and mkinitrd-i386 and parted-x86-64 and parted-i386...... Why does it do this? I think i know why and that is because somewhere down the road a package was created for 64 bit and the depencies weren't adjusted and then the snowball effect and now i have 25% of my packages are duplicated with i386 packages. So how do I remove these packages? If i do a yum remove for instance, i have to remove 30 + packages that i don't want to remove. Can i use yum or rpm to remove packages and tell it not to remove the dependencies? Maybe better can i tell it to remove say only the i386 package and not both? Sometimes this works but now always. Well this is one issue, but i still can't startx get a blank screen....

Any help, hints or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-13-2007, 11:19 AM   #2
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OK so it looks as though my blank screen is somewhat fixed. There was no monitor section in xorg.conf. I am doing a yum update to completely update system now, will let you know what happens.
 
Old 04-13-2007, 11:35 AM   #3
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AMD64 is an x86_64 architecture and the x86_64 architecture is a multilib architecture. I don't use Red Hat products, but I suspect that Fedora is standards compliant. If Fedora is standards compliant, it has to support both the 32-bit and 64-bit ABI on an AMD64 architecture. Since, you can't build a 64-bit application against a 32-bit library and vice versa, yum is likely installing a minimal set of 32-bit libraries to support 32-bit applications that are or may be installed.

For example, libparted is used by HAL which is used by PAM which is used by Open Office which isn't released by Sun in a 64-bit version. The Fedora guys can reasonably conclude that many people will use Open Office. Thus you need a 32-bit version of parted. Clear as mud, huh?

If you delete the 32-bit versions, they'll probably just come back anyway.

[EDIT:]My Tarot cards tell me you need to add a monitor section to your xorg.conf.

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Old 04-13-2007, 01:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for the response! I got it all up and running now. I went through and removed all packages with .i386 and it seems to run very stable. I don't have openoffice installed though... Hmmm guess i will try that later.

It is MUCH faster than the 32bit version. Now i just have to wait for a 64bit flash plugin for firefox!

 
  


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