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Old 02-25-2010, 01:24 PM   #1
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Why does my RHEL server contain rpms for both the i386 and x86_64 platforms?

For RHEL 5.4,

# uname -r
# uname -m

Why would

rpm -qa --qf="%{n}-%{v}-%{r}.%{arch}\n"

show some "duplicate" rpms, one for the i386 and one for the x86_64 platform?

For example,


There are numerous other "dups" like that. Just curious. Is this normal?

Thank you,

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Because it can run both 32 bit (i386) and 64 bit (x86_64) programs. Some programs run purely 64 bit so can use 64 bit dependencies but some are only available in 32 bit so require the 32 bit dependencies.


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