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Re: Running 32 bit binaries on 64 bit systems

Kevin Fenzi wrote:
On Wed, 13 May 2009 16:51:49 -0400
Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com> wrote:

Kevin Fenzi wrote:
On Wed, 13 May 2009 15:23:39 -0400
Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com> wrote:

Is there some tool, and can we tell search engines about it?


yum install package.i586 should pull in the needed 32bit packages.
That actually just generates a "no package package.i586 available"
did you think it would load all the libraries or something? You
really need the package name, which is what I need to extract from
the binary.

I already tried installing lib*.i586, some libraries are in packages
which don't have lib* names.

Sorry, I misunderstood your query.
Not a problem, I'm grateful for any attempt at help!

You have some local 32bit non rpm packaged binary and you want to
install all the 32bit packages that provide the dependencies it needs?

I have rather a number of these which I'm testing for various projects (some clients, some open source). They have in common being available in binary without me having to do anything.

I fear you will have to use 'ldd' to try and pull those out (which
won't always get them all, as there may be other things that you need
that are not library dependencies).
You are *so* right.  :-(

This would really be the same problem if you had a non packaged 64 bit
binary lump. Do you have source for this thing? Can you package it properly?
It's not one thing, some are never ported to 64 bit and undoubtedly have issues, and all change rapidly. I was hoping for a tool to do the ldd and 'provides' stuff, by hand is vastly time consuming. I started swearing when I tried to run the beta 2.0 of Seamonkey, then decided to try a client package as "easier" (wasn't), so I tried installing lib*.i586 and found libraries will be packages with other names... Bah!

I hesitate to even think of packaging something changing at least daily, and I would have to do it on other machines, a laptop running off a USB 4GB flash is many things, but a development environment it is not.

I'm fairly started in developing a tool to do what I need, we shall see if I have to do over in perl, maybe I need to write a bash2perl script converter, I do that too often. ;-)

Thanks for the info anyway.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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