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BCarey 04-26-2014 05:46 PM

advice on 32 bit browser/java on slack64 multilib system

Can anyone give me some advice on the easiest way to accomplish this. I am running slackware64 13.37 with multilib. I am trying to do online deposits of checks with US Bank. Unfortunately they only support 32 bit java. I have wine and PlayOnLinux installed as well.

So my question is, what is the EASIEST way to accomplish my goal since I will be using this solution for this one purpose only. Can I install the 32 bit package for firefox simultaneously with the 64 bit? Same question for java, which I installed using the script in /extra.

(At a later stage it is supposed to interact with my scanner, and I may run into some 32/64 bit issues then as well, assuming I get there. And, of course, this stuff is really only supported by the bank for windows/mac, so that may come up later.)

Thanks in advance for your thoughts,


phenixia2003 04-27-2014 06:35 AM


When I implemented compat32pkg I wrote an howto about using firefox 32 and 64-bit at the same time.

If you don't want to use compat32pkg to install 32-bit firefox, you will have to proceed as below (slackware 13.37) :

$ wget

$ convertpkg-compat32 -i mozilla-firefox-17.0.11esr-i486-1_slack13.37.txz

$ installpkg /tmp/mozilla-firefox-compat32-17.0.11esr-i486-1_slack13.37.1compat32.txz

Slackware 13.37 comes with an old JRE which must not be used. So, It's better to use the slackbuild in /extra from Slackware 14.1 to create a package, then convert it to compat32 and install this last one :


$ ./java.SlackBuild /path/to/jre-7u55-linux-i586.tar.gz


$ convertpkg-compat32 -i /tmp/jre-7u55-i586-1.txz


$ installpkg /tmp/jre-compat32-7u55-x86_64-1compat32.txz

At this point you should have 32-bit firefox and jre (with its plugin) installed.

To start 32-bit firefox, you will have to run /usr/bin/32/firefox. Note that if you want to use 32 and 64 bit firefox at the same time, you could have to create profiles as pointed out in the compat32pkg's howto.

Hope this helps.


BCarey 04-28-2014 09:22 AM

Thanks, that's just the input I needed.


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