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Old 02-01-2007, 08:38 PM   #1
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How To Run 32bit Apps


Ok, I think I have setup chroot for my amd64 debian and now need to know how you install and run 32bit apps.

How do I install 32bit apps and run them?

Thnx.
 
Old 02-02-2007, 02:26 PM   #2
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I'm not a professional (don't even own a 64-bit system, no need for one) but as far as I know, 64-bit system isn't compatible with 32-bit apps. Just like you can't usually run old 16-bit programs on your Windows XP which is 32-bit system. There are some exceptions, for example I've (force-)installed Wine (which doesn't have, or didn't have then, 64-bit version) on a 64-bit Ubuntu and it did work somehow (not perfectly well, but it's Wine). I guess it's per-program-thing; I'm not aware of a general all-powerful method, if such even exists.
 
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Well I believe you can create a chroot environment to run some 32bit apps.

I was going by this link.
 
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I'm sorry if you've already considered this option, but in case you didn't know, it is possible to run 32-bit applications without installing a chroot system. If you are going to run a lot and complex programs chroot is probably the way to go, but for the occasional program just install ia32-libs and linux32 packages (and perhaps ia32-libs-openoffice.org). I run Opera, Skype and Openoffice transparently in my 64-bit system.
 
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...but as far as I know, 64-bit system isn't compatible with 32-bit apps....
FYI, this is true of older 64-bit architectures like the Alpha, but both Intel and AMD's new chips have been built with backward compatibility in mind and can also run 32-bit code. That's doubtlessly the reason wine runs for you, not because of it's Windows-related nature.

x86-64 (Wikipedia)
 
Old 02-04-2007, 02:26 AM   #6
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I believe I should be able to download, install and then run the apps from within the chroot environment.

I'll try that and see what happens.

Thnx to everybody.
 
  


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