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Old 10-02-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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Converting a working 64-bit system to 32-bit, possible? And how?

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I have a minimal slackware64 (current) system installed on a flash drive. I use it as a kind of recovery tool and for emergency connection to the Internet. I only have packages from series a, ap, n, l, x + firefox. I need to use it with older machines and I need to convert it to 32 bit, if possible without reinstalling from scratch.

What would happen if I edited /etc/slackpkg/mirrors to point to the correspondent 32 directory and then run:
slackpkg update && slackpkg upgrade-all
And if this was too radical what if I "upgraded" only the kernel + essential packages and then run the upgrade on the rest of the system?

Thank you
Old 10-02-2011, 07:28 PM   #2
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I don't think it's possible as the changes affect just about everything. However, generic flash drives have come down in price, can you build a second one in 32 bit?
Old 10-03-2011, 08:30 PM   #3
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It's not possible to convert a 64-bit OS into a 32-bit OS on any operating system on any platform without a complete re-installation.

Why do you need to convert it to a 32-bit OS anyway? Are you planning on using the drive that it's installed onto with a non-64-bit compliant PC like a Pentium 4, Athlon XP, or Geode GX?
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Originally Posted by ReaperX7 View Post

Why do you need to convert it to a 32-bit OS anyway? Are you planning on using the drive that it's installed onto with a non-64-bit compliant PC?


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