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yumex shows a mix of x86_64 and i686 architecture from rpmfusion

asked 2012-06-25 14:06:07 -0500

wis775 gravatar image

Hi First, let my clarify that I am a complete noob on Fedora.I had used Ubuntu for the last 2 years and now playing around with Fedora.

I had installed yumex and activated rpmfusion. But, when I search for a package, hosted on rpmfusion, I will get always 2 results with different architecture (i686 and x86_64).

Why does yumex offer me both architectures, when I am running the 64 bit kernel (3.4.3-1.fc17.x86_64)? And is there a way, to prevent this?

stefan

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answered 2012-06-26 03:37:07 -0500

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It's normal, I get the same thing. The important thing is that when you try to install a package it installs the right one (x8664). I give you an example using YUM: yum search vlc-core I get this: vlc-core.i686 vlc-core.x864 but when I do yum install vlc-core It automatically installs the x86_64 version.

Anyway, if you use the default Fedora package manager (the graphical one) it only shows the packages for your machine's architecture.

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answered 2013-10-23 17:49:30 -0500

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You can still run 32-bit applications on a 64-bit operating system, and the 32-bit applications require 32-bit versions of the libraries they use. This is one reason that you see both packages in yumex. If you only ever use 64-bit apps, then you won't need the 32-bit libraries. But there are certain external packages, say, from source forge or something else not present in a yum repository, that may not be built in a 64-bit version. For these, you need the 32-bit libraries.

Yum, from the command line, will install only the 64-bit if you just ask it to install a library. But if you install an application that pulls in a dependency on a 32-bit library, then yum will pull in the correct version of the dependency. Also, on the command line, you can add ".i686" (for example) to specify that version of a library. Such as:

yum install SDL.i686

In most cases, as long as packages are marked with the correct dependencies, you'll rarely have to do something like that.

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